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Students learning high-flying farming techniques

Modern farming techniques utilizing drones includes things like getting data to manage fields, enabling them to customize fertilizer and water, as well as helping farmers manage livestock or checking trees. Modern farming techniques utilizing drones includes things like getting data to manage fields, enabling them to customize fertilizer and water, as well as helping farmers manage livestock or checking trees.
Beginning in the fall, students at Southern Illinois University will be able to take classes in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UVA's), better known as drones. Beginning in the fall, students at Southern Illinois University will be able to take classes in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UVA's), better known as drones.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Farming is not what it used to be. Instead of tractors and plows, modern farming is utilizing drones in farming techniques that are really taking off.

Beginning in the fall, students at Southern Illinois University will be able to take classes in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, better known as drones. The classes will cover things like maintenance and repair, remote sensing attachments or how to fly them. 

Modern farming techniques utilizing drones includes things like getting data to manage fields, enabling them to customize fertilizer and water, as well as helping farmers manage livestock or checking trees.

It is predicted many farmers may invest in their own drone technology, while others might hire companies who specialize in UAVs. Some predictions forecast more than 100,000 jobs in the drone market in the next 10 years and the potential of hundreds of millions of dollars in impact.

Laura McBride of Jackson Co. grew up on her family's farm, and now is a manager of the business. 

“It took me about a year to convince my dad that we needed to get a drone out on the farm," McBride explained, "but whenever I finally convinced him and we got one, I think that it’s now one of our main tools that we use for scouting our fields.”

The classes will be part of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Anyone interested should contact Southern Illinois University at (618) 453-2121.

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