Local farmers are using new tech to change the way they work

Monday, March 11, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Drones are often used for fun, but now many farmers are using them with an eye toward making them become a big part of the farming process.

"Just overall it really helps the farmer out,” farmer Kent Yoder said.
Yoder says drones are changing how farming is done.

"I can drag each corner to where ever I want that thing to fly,” Yoder said.

Drones fly using GPS, can take pictures, and collect data.

"Mapping the fields, you can see how your plant health is doing from a perspective you can't see from the ground,” Yoder said.

Chris Mann, a fellow drone enthusiast, says his drone started as something fun, but now he's looking to make a career out of it.

"I can absolutely see that, you know,” Mann said. “I mean I live in Burke County and we pretty much got farms everywhere so that's a potential."
It doesn't matter what you grow. The drone spots even the smallest detail.

"You can actually count how many seeds have actually germinated and come up,” Yoder said.

Yoder says it even saves you some time and energy. It also comes in handy when you have acres and acres of land.

"You get corn that's up this high, the last thing somebody wants to do is walk through the corn on 100 degree day,” Yoder said.

Farmers say you'll have a better crop too, because the drone can catch problems before they're too major to fix. For those farmers who don't want to invest in a drone, there are companies that will do the work for you. SkyAgTech is a local company in Augusta. You can find them at https://www.skyag.tech/