With hundreds or thousands of acres to keep track of, checking the health of crops is a challenge for large corn, wheat or soybean farmers in the Midwest. That’s why many are eager to get their hands on remote-controlled planes or helicopters that could help them scan their land. Tech-savvy farmers have been waiting for years for the government to make up its mind about the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Will 2014 be the year farmers get their hands on drones? Harvest Public Media’s Peter Gray takes a look.
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