Brandon Batten uses drone to zero in on crop problems and answers

When an image of a field causes a grower to ask more questions, that’s when they can improve.

“If you’re questioning what you’re doing, then you are looking for a better way and if you can measure it, you can make it better,” said Brandon Batten, Johnston County, N.C., tobacco farmer and drone operator.

One way farmers and ranchers are calibrating management decisions on the ground is from the air using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Batten, also a corn, soybean, rye, wheat, and cattle farmer, utilizes drones to conduct stand counts and develop fertility plans for his small grain crops …

Southeast Farm Press | April 10, 2018

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