Many producers have already adapted GPS technology on their farm and they also appreciate the use of computers to generate data for farm management. The next tool to consider for farm management are drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The UAVs are designed to gather data needed to help to assess and manage current agronomic conditions. A UAV can quickly scout large sections of field to help identify and pinpoint such things as nitrogen stress, early signs of insect damage, disease and water stress.

Drone usage in agriculture, and what we can learn from the air, are the main subjects to be discussed at the Risk Management Workshops in February. These workshops will take place at the Rialto Theatre, Main St., Lancaster, NH on February 9 and at the Makris Lobster and Steak House Restaurant in Concord, NH on February 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The featured speaker is Gary Roberson, Ph.D., an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist with the North Carolina State University. Gary’s current Extension program focuses on agricultural machinery systems, machinery management, precision agriculture, and equine engineering. His applied research focuses on applications of precision agriculture technology for crops grown in the region. He also teaches courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels in Precision Agriculture Technology, GIS Applications in Agriculture, and Agricultural and Environmental Health and Safety.

His talk will be focused on UAVs (drones) in agriculture – new rules, field scouting, data generation and processing from drones, data interpretation, and management decisions.

In the afternoon session we will be joined by JBI Helicopter Services representatives talking about aerial seeding in NH and local producers’ experience with using UAVs.

For registration, click here or contact Mike Lunak at 603-787-6944 (No. Haverhill) or Steve Turaj at 603-788-4961 (Lancaster). Pesticide applicator credits have been applied for. This seminar is sponsored by USDA/Risk Management Agency, and UNH Cooperative Extension.