11-03-2014 03:36 AM | France

More and more farmers using drones in France

Thanks to a startup company, farmers are starting to use drones to dose manure and maintain watering levels, whilst scientists are getting help with their research.

The drone, developed by the start-up Airinov, can be seen at the Inra stand at the Salon d'Agriculture. A video shows a farmer using it- launching the light-weight (barely 800g) futuristic boomerang as if it were a paper plane.

Using GPS, the drone flies over crops (following a predefined route) and takes readings, of chlorophyll or nitrogen levels for example.
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