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Drones Could Watch Pinot Noir Grapes

AP | Nov. 29, 2013 9:36 a.m.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Interest in growing drone businesses has spread to Oregon’s premier wine country in Yamhill County.

The county’s part-time economic development manager, Jeff Lorton, has organized a seminar on Dec. 9 on the potential for drones in what’s known as precision farming. It’s designed for farmers, vineyard operators and nursery managers.

The Capital Press reports that drones have potential uses in farming such as flying over nurseries to do inventory and identifying areas of plant damage, disease or irrigation problems.

Larger drones could carry payloads of pesticides or fertilizer, an application now being tested at vineyards in California’s Napa Valley.

There’s also big interest in the Pendleton area in trying out drones for agricultural applications.

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Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/

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