Community College Officials See Drone, Up Close

BEATRICE – Farming sure is different, these days.  One of the reasons is technology.

Southeast Community College Governors got an up-close look at one aspect of precision farming, Tuesday, with an indoors drone flight demonstration.

Annie Erichsen, an instructor in Agriculture Business and Management Technology, says drones are being used in agriculture today for such things as crop scouting, plant population counts, weed detection, crop health evaluation and determining the extent of hail damage.

The SCC Agriculture Program at the Beatrice Campus is using precision agriculture innovations not only to aid farmers and ranchers, but also to expand and improve classroom technology and spur agriculture enrollment growth.

The community college makes use of drone technology without strict licensing requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration, because the school’s use is for an educational purpose.

SCC administrators and board members saw a National Agriculture Day demonstration of a hovering drone, Tuesday, during a board meeting.  The unit costs about $1,200.

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