Saskatchewan farmers are showing interest in the use of aerial drone technology and the first person to use unmanned aircraft for farm chemical spraying is about to be licensed.
Manitoba-based Don Campbell of Roga Drone is about to become the first licensed operator of unmanned aircraft for farm spraying.
“We have two UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) on order right now,” Campbell said. “They’re going to be arriving at the end of February. So we’ll be testing and have them up-and-running this spring.”
Campbell says he will fly one drone on top of another, one applying water and the other farm chemical to avoid spray drift.
Another agronomy specialist Greg Adelman, uses drones for crop surveillance but says a conventional airplane is best for large acre farms.