Machinery Chatter
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Tue Jan 26, 2016 04:16 PM CST

While most farm equipment sales languish in a line-chart valley, sales of UAVs (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 mph and take near infrared photos. New product introductions ...

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