MCMINNVILLE, OR - A drone industry executive is telling farmers in Oregon wine country they shouldn't get distracted by the technology of unmanned aircraft. Instead, the farmers were told that it's the data the devices can collect that is important.
Young Kim leads a Virginia company that uses drones to gather information about fields and crops. He spoke Monday at a forum at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds aimed at promoting drone use and business.
Kim says drones can transform agriculture by allowing farmers to control the way they use chemicals and fertilizer with GPS accuracy - which means controlling costs and increasing yields.
The idea is to map variables such as yield, terrain, organic matter, moisture, chlorophyll and nitrogen and display the data on a grid.