Drones have been given the green light to take over crop dusting duties from airplanes in California.
It looks like a toy, but the high-tech tool is the first of its kind approved in the United States. The state-of-the art farm drone had been tested in wine country.
“We think it opens up some of the first opportunities to really deliver a payload in agriculture,” said Ken Giles, a professor of agricultural engineering at UC Davis.
He’s spent the past several years studying and refining the Yamaha R-MAX unmanned helicopter. The device comes equipped with tanks to fly above crops, including grapes, releasing pesticides and supplements with little labor cost.