Machinery Chatter
Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Fri Apr 3, 2015 09:16 AM CDT

Robert Blair is getting ready to plant his spring crops -- and he is getting ready to fly. For his 100-year-old Idaho farm, planting wheat is what the Blair family has done for generations. Putting up commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to scout those crops from above is decidedly a new and 21st century undertaking.

Blair and his partners operate at the very dawn of a new industry -- scouting commercial crops by way of unmanned aircraft aerial vehicles. The partnership is named Empire Unmanned ( Based in Hayden, Idaho, it was awarded in January the first U.S. exemption to ...

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