Professor Juan Murguia identifies the UAV as a key technology for precision agriculture

Professor Juan Murguia, of the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, wrote an opinion piece for explaining how the random sampling techniques currently used to assess nitrogen needs can be dramatically improved through the use of UAVs. Currently, just one corn plant out of a thousand is sampled, leading to 50% of the field receiving too much fertilizer and 50% receiving too little. Professor Murguia is currently researching the economic impact of UAVs or drones in agriculture and farm management and is bullish on the possibility of adjusting nitrogen application mid-season. He predicts that soon UAVs will become as common in agriculture as self-propelled sprayers. Read more at: