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Year of the Drone
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Feb 1, 2016 10:48 AM CST

While most farm equipment sales languish in a line-chart valley, sales of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are on an upward trajectory.

"Farmers have gobbled up UAVs left and right," Robert Blair, an Idaho farmer who has been a pioneer in UAV applications for agriculture, recently told DTN/The Progressive Farmer. "2016 will be the year of the UAV."

A multitude of manufacturers have launched a variety of aircraft in the past few years -- from hover crafts not much more sophisticated than toys to $50,000 fixed-wing air craft that can buzz along at 50 miles per hour and take near-infrared photos.

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