- Author: Lynn M. Sosnoskie
UC Cooperative Extension in Merced County and Bowles Farming are hosting the 2nd Annual Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), “Drone”, Field Day on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
The event will run from 8:30-11:30 am and will be held at Bowles Farming headquarters in Los Banos (11069 Hereford Road). This meeting is free to attend.
There will be displays and demonstrations of autonomous flight by teams from the UC Merced and CSU Fresno schools of engineering, the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as by Bowles Farming's on-staff pilots. These flights will demonstrate how unmanned aerial platforms are being used as a new tool in field scouting and other crop management activities. Imaging for weed control, evaluation of crop nutritional/irrigation status and remote collection of weather station data, as well as actual pesticide applications with this new technology will be discussed. Brad Anderson from Yamaha Motors will be on hand with an RMax Remote Piloted Helicopter display to answer questions about how this state-of-the-art aircraft is being used in Northern California Vineyards, what FAA regulations must be followed, and requirements for licensing to pilot this UAV.
Field bindweed infestations in a field as seen from an UAV (Photo by Larry Burrows)