How to collect drones for agriculture

As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, I was a military drone pilot and operator for many years.

Now I’m the Director of Operations for Drone Operations for Precision AgriLife, a leading provider of drone services for agriculture, agri-businesses and the public sector.

I was the Senior Technical Director for Precision Agriculture from 2013 to 2017, and served as the Regional Operations Manager for Precision Crop and a Senior Analyst for Precision Seed.

My drone training includes two years in the Air Force as a combat drone pilot, and I’ve flown hundreds of drones over the past two decades.

I am passionate about delivering value to our clients and creating new jobs.

I’m excited to share what I learned from flying a drone for the past decade, and share my expertise in the fields of agriculture and agriculture drones, as well as what we can learn from other drone pilots who are in the field of agriculture drone operations.

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What are some of the benefits of a drone?

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How do drones work in agriculture?

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How can farmers collect their own drones and what are the pros and cons of each option?

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How many drones can you fly for a farmer and how many will they need?

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How much does it cost to get a drone into the field?

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How long does it take to collect a drone and what kind of data do they collect?

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Can farmers use drones to collect their crops, or is it more likely that the farmers will use the drone to gather information on their crops?

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What kinds of information can a farmer collect with a drone, and what is it used for?

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How is a drone used in agriculture and how can farmers use it to help their business?

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Can a farmer get more than one drone?

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How does a drone work in the air?

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How easy is it to use drones in agriculture to collect data and to monitor crops?

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Can you get an overview of drone operations in agriculture in your field?

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What can you learn from drone operators who fly drones in other fields?

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How has agriculture changed since drones were introduced to the United States?

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What is a farmer’s best advice for using drones in farming?

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What kind of training are farmers getting from their drone operators?

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How effective are drones for reducing the amount of land needed for agriculture?

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What’s the best thing about flying drones in the sky?

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How are drones used for monitoring crops in the tropics?

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How accurate is the GPS on a drone in a field?

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How well can drones be used to help farmers find plants for seeds?

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What does it mean to “collect” a drone as a farmer?

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What happens if a drone doesn’t reach its target, and how does it perform?

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What do you do if your drone gets lost in the forest?

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What should a farmer do if his or her drone gets damaged?

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How fast do drones fly?

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How to keep a drone flying safely?

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What makes a drone safe to use in the event of an emergency?

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How often should a drone be used?

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How should a person use a drone while using a drone to monitor a field or plant?

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What types of farmers collect drones?

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What type of drone should farmers use?

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How important is it for farmers to know their drones are in a safe and secure location?

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What safety precautions should farmers take when flying drones?

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How safe is a farm when a drone is flying near a farm?

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How difficult is it when a farmer uses a drone on his or the land?

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What precautions do farmers need to take when using a flying drone?

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What steps can farmers take to make sure their drones do not come into contact with other flying drones or other agricultural equipment?

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What data do drones collect about farmers?

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What if someone else is using a helicopter to collect drone data?

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How will drone operators know when they are in an airspace that is restricted to drones?

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How and when can drones go out of range of the farm equipment?

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What tools are used in using a drones camera to find a plant?

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How about drones flying over a fence or fence line?

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What sort of monitoring are farmers required to do when they fly drones over agricultural lands?

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What exactly is a “safety margin” and how should farmers be using it?

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What measures should farmers follow when a drones flight gets into trouble?

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How did a drone malfunction when it was flying over an Iowa farm?

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What happened when a helicopter flying drone over an Ohio farm was flying too close to a drone that was flying nearby?

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What about drones over water? 53. What