Dr. Amanda McWhirt 

Drone monitoring a strawberry field

Increasingly researchers and growers are investigating the use of drones for small fruit production. In North Carolina a strawberry grower used a drone to monitor a strawberry field that had flooded or there have been instances of using drones to spray strawberry plug plants. The applications of drones are endless, including: spraying, scouting, crop nutrient status monitoring, and more.  

Before growers jump into buying a drone, they need to be aware of the laws that govern drone use and the advantages and disadvantages of different types of drones.  

Some great information on these topics was developed by Dr. Jim Robbins, University of Arkansas (retired).   


Pilot Certification and Aircraft Registration for Non-Hobby Users of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)-pdf

Features to Consider When Purchasing a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)-pdf

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