From a rescue fungicide application to cover crop seeding, sprayer and spreader drones are earning their place on farms. They can provide a cheaper, faster and more flexible method for in-field applications.

Instead of using a sprayer with 120′ booms or hiring a crop duster to treat a 25-acre field, you can send in a drone with a 9′ wingspan and 29′ swath, carrying 8 gal. of product. In less than an hour, you could spray the entire field at the optimum application rate. (…)