As farmers wrestle with increased weed resistance to herbicides, new management techniques offer modernized ways to combat weeds. Rapid improvements in drone technology have allowed farmers to attack hardy herbicide-resistant weeds from the sky.

Companies such as Rantizo use drone technology for more than just scouting. Recent improvements have allowed the drones to hold more weight and operate for longer periods.

“Naturally, we put a tank on them, and now we can make applications with them,” says Ben Johnson, a territory sales manager for Rantizo, based in Iowa City, Iowa.

Drones eliminate the need for heavy ground rigs to pass over the field and offer a more precise application than traditional aerial application methods such as helicopters and airplanes.

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