Drones: They're for Farming Too!


New drone invention to help farmers increase their yield, reduce fungicide use

A Bristol, Tennessee native and recent University of Tennessee graduate has invented a special kind of drone to help farmers. It's pivoted him to become a finalist in the American Farm Bureau's annual national competition, with tens of thousands of dollars at stake for his start-up business.

"GeoAir goes out and pinpoints mold in agricultural fields, and we're able to do this before the mold starts to damage the crops, and this allows farmers to increase their yield, and reduce their use of fungicides," says CEO and inventor of GeoAir, Alex Adams.

Adams obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2014. Two years later, he got his master's of business administration. Since then, he's been working on the GeoAir invention, an idea that stems back to his childhood.

"I always remember my grandfather always talking about blue mold on tobacco, and mold continues to be a problem for farmers besides my grandfather, and in fact about one-third of the world's crop goes bad due to mold," Adams says. http://www.wcyb.com/news/tennessee/bristol-tn/newdroneinvention-to-help-farmers-increase-their-yield-reduce-fungicide-use/678636754

Editor's note: If you are interested in using drones on your farm, come to the SAWG conference and sign up for our Thursday afternoon mini course, Drones: They're for Farming Too.

Pam Kingfisher