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Drone Aircraft May be Used in Oregon Wine Country

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YAMHILL COUNTY, OR - Interest in using drone aircraft has spread to wine country in Oregon's Yamhill County.

The county's part-time economic development manager has organized a seminar on Dec. 9th on the potential for drones in what's known as precision farming. It's designed for farmers, vineyard operators and nursery managers.

Farmers say drones have potential uses such as flying over nurseries to do inventory and identifying areas of plant damage, disease or irrigation problems.

Larger drones could carry pesticides or fertilizer, tests are now being done at vineyards in California's Napa Valley.

There's also big interest in the Pendleton area in trying out drones for agricultural applications.