A Planting Exercise
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon May 19, 2014 12:04 PM CDT

ASSUMPTION, Ill. (DTN) -- Planting has gone about as well as Pete Pistorius can remember this spring. Several weeks of ideal weather have allowed the Blue Mound, Ill., farmer and his crews to get the bulk of the seed planted in timely fashion. Spring showers over the weekend relieved some of the soil crusting concerns. Life is good.

The favorable conditions have also allowed for a little training on the latest farm tool. Pistorius Farms is experimenting with a quad-copter-style drone. Pete, who farms with his father, Tim, and brother-in-law, Craig Paulek, wanted to be ahead of the curve on ...

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