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Unmanned Drones to Monitor Potatoes in Hermiston

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HERMISTON, Ore. - The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce is focusing a new drone mission on eastern Oregon potatoes. 

The Federal Aviation Administration recently authorized the use of drones to fly over Oregon State University potato fields in search of unhealthy plants. 

The director of the Oregon State extension center at Hermiston says changes in plants aren't necessarily obvious to humans, but sensors with infrared light can spot what the director calls unhappy plants.

He says using drones, the center can recognize plants that are unhappy before there's a reduction in yield.

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