Potato Grower

December 2016

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 15 CHEMICAL APPLICATION Beginning to make their way into the market are larger drones, like Yamaha's RMAX, with the capability of carrying several pounds of chemical into a field to spot-spray when a problem is detected. HIGH-TECH IMAGERY On top of being able to stitch together an image of an entire field in the daylight, drones can be equipped with cameras that employ near-infrared, red-edge, mulitspectral and thermal imaging capabilities. These can provide a look into such areas as soil properties and moisture content, crop health or stress, and erosion control. These can even be utilized at night, when winds are generally slower and provide fewer problems for flight. LOCKWOOD OF IDAHO COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS! See our complete new and used inventory at: www.lockwoodmfg.com Rexburg 208-681-4201 Paul 208-438-2171 Blackfoot 208-785-3054 Give us a call to learn how our harvesters, 4-row and 6-row windrowers and VACS can improve your operation. Also ask about our Air Cup, Pick and Belted Cup planters. Visit our new store location: 1601 W. Bridge Street, Blackfoot, Idaho Proven and Reliable 163295LocIda13s.indd 1 11/1/16 2:54 PM TIME SAVINGS Sure, UAS use means somebody on the farm has to be trained to fly the thing. But manufacturers are getting smarter about simplifying their products, and once you've got it figured out, these babies have the potential to feed growers with loads of information with a much smaller time commitment than ground scouting.

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