FRENCH CAMP — About 200 feet above Nick Mussi’s tomato field a black speck buzzes in the sky taking pictures and collecting data. After 20 minutes it lands, bringing a wealth of information about the state of Mussi’s crop.
“[We’ll look] to see the different places, the crop vigor. There’s a lot of variation in one field,” Mussi said.
Mussi asked tech company Farm Solutions to bring its unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, to his farm to show him how it works and what it can tell him about his crop. After just a couple of trips over the 80-acre field, the drone had collected more data about the tomatoes in a couple of hours than Mussi could have collected if he’d walked the field himself.
“That would probably take all day,” Mussi said. “And you probably wouldn’t get as good a survey as they’re getting.”... Read More