Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying to the farm

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Associated Press

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 11:15 AM

MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) — Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields.

In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials — along with members of industry and academia — has been working since 2009 to develop a drone that can save a farmer's time and resources during the growing season.

The public got its first glimpse of the group's drone at a flight demonstration last month at a research farm in Moultrie, Georgia.

By deploying a UAV with a multi-spectral camera to survey crops, farmers could spot water and nutrition issues, insect infestations and fungal infections.

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