Drone Technology Growing Says Strain

By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network

During his report on the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network Monday, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain said he’s expecting a lot of growth in drone technology in agriculture because the technology is moving fast.

“Drones can take pictures in high resolution very superior to satellite photos,” said Strain.

“A lot of the raw data from drones can be translated into useful information such as plant counting, plant size, plot statistics, stand numbers, compromised plots, planter skips as well as plant height, density and infestation,” says Strain.

Drone technology can also detect water needs through the crop year and Strain points out it’s all about how farmers can increase productivity and cut costs at the same time.

On another matter, the commissioner reported the second week of the current legislative session got underway Monday afternoon.  “And it looks like it should be a busy week as more bills are assigned to the various committees,” said Strain.

You can watch the Louisiana legislature in session live on the internet at:  legis.state.la.us.