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ISSUE DATE: 04/16/2012

New drone aircraft to act as crop scout

By Larry Dreiling

As producers undertake spring planting, it's useful to look at what is ahead of them in the near future as they complete their purchases of seed, fertilizer, and crop protection products.

Likewise, it's rather fun to see what may be ahead just a few short years from now as the research community takes new technology and reduces it from the "gee whiz" stage down to a useful product or service.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones, lately have become the talk of modern warfare. Since 2004 the U.S. Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency have been using UAVs to strike at terrorist targets, primarily in Pakistan, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Using Global Positioning System navigation and loaded with bombs, these drones have struck more than 300 targets. Estimates indicate they've taken out more than 2,000 terrorists in the process with no loss of American lives.

Now this drone technology is moving down onto the farm.


NEWS

Agvocacy 2.0 encourages farmers to 'get techie' at 2012 event
Arkansas Agriculture Department announces Century Farm Program
ARS nutrient data available via phone apps, interactive websites
Backlog of volatility
Bill introduced to prevent Farm Service Agency office closures
Disaster assistance available for 2 projects in Kansas
EPA denies NRDC petition on 2,4-D, confirms safety of tolerances
Funding announced for biomass research, development
Governor issues primary disaster declaration for Lincoln County
Governors working together to improve eco-tourism
Heartstrong Fire Relief Fund gets boost from Farm Bureau
Kansas ag exports have record year in 2011
McCormick Armstrong hires printing specialist
Okla. Forestry Services celebrates Arbor Week
Research: Solar cells may be a greener alternative energy source
USDA offers assistance to tornado-affected rural areas
Vietnam offers tremendous market potential for U.S. farm exports

CROPS

Alumni of the Year Award announced
BioPEC researching use of microalgae
Controlling henbit more difficult in spring
Corn researcher developing varieties for organic farmers
Cotton module averaging program offers benefits
Determining corn seeding rates
Extension specialists to present seminars at Southern Plains Farm Show
Extension to host Energy Expo in 2 locations
Family continues farming legacy
Farm Bureau announces farmer's blog
Global Water for Food Conference opens May 30
High winds complicate chances of drought recovery
Managing early-season weeds
Managing insecticide resistance in potatoes
MU field day schedule set for 2012
New drone aircraft to act as crop scout
Plant pathologist: Wheat growers should scout for rust diseases now
Planter maintenance is critical
Powdery mildew, foliage diseases on the increase
Report: Groundwater levels up in general
Researchers find plants 'remember' drought
Study will focus on precision agriculture use by soybean growers
Treatment for cotton root rot disease found
Views of corn yield prospects differ
Webcast addresses corn mold management
Wheat growers have full slate at Commodity Classic

LIVESTOCK

AgriLife Extension to host grass-fed beef conference
American Sheep Industry plans spring legislative trip
Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day is May 3
Bent-Prowers livestock group holds annual banquet
Brand Board votes to raise inspection fees
Equine deworming: Out with the old, in with the new
Growing dairy industry mindful of water use
Helping consumers understand beef
High-quality beef draws premium prices
Improving equine health: Student studies vaccinations to protect newborn foals
Jones ropes his fifth Timed Event title
Kansas Livestock Foundation scholarships available
Korean bloggers learn about U.S. beef
NDA issues 35 quarantines for importation violations
Students organize event to tell the truth about LFTB
Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop set for April 20
World Pork Expo tours will showcase Midwest ag

EDITOR

Time has come to end the destructive death tax
Time to engage
USDA works for farmers, sportsmen and the environment

COLUMNS

Company offers online soybean resources
Corn products debut for 2012 planting
Cotton varieties debut for Texas
Just a scoop full
Living in the trenches for horses
Precision vacuum planters reduce input costs
Severely early spring
Two platypi are more fun

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Conditions favorable for corn planting
Continued warm temps push wheat
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dryland wheat stressed in High Plains
Farmers anxious to get planting
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids see modest losses
Hay demand light
Hay trade slow
Humeston feeder cattle auction report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Late winter storm brings snow, cooler temps
McAlester cattle sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales
OKC West cattle sales report
Small grain planting advanced rapidly
Springfield cattle sales
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm temps remain across state
Warm, dry conditions continued across state
Wheat crop continues ahead of normal pace
Wheat heading above normal
Wheat rated very poor to fair
Wheat remains in fair to good condition
With little or no moisture, small grain conditions decrease

RANGE

Dispose of hay bale net wrap properly
Make hay in April this year

FAMILY

4-H members attend National 4-H Conference
Brighten up bake sales
Control insects in the garden
'Cooking with Beans and Legumes' program is April 24
Cowboys for Cancer steer wrestling event set for May 6
Extension to host free fruit growers workshop
Full Circle Aging Expo set for April 27
Gardening is good for your health
Herb Day is May 5
Household tips
Kansas: No place like home
MarketMaker hosts brochure contest for 4-H, FFA members
Master Gardener Plant Sale set for April 21
Meditation for 4-16-12
Program to focus on dealing with legal, financial stressors
Remove dead trees to prevent spread of pine wilt
Researchers moving apples from orchard to hard cider culture
Spring for springtime desserts
Tackling spring fishing woes
Tripoly's design simple
USDA releases new cherry tree
Workin' Slow

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