Say cheese, Lions

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The West Liberty Lions got a front row seat to the use of drones in the working and farming environment during the club's meeting on Monday, Aug. 11.

Tom Hillyer, President of Hillyer Agriservices, Inc., showed off a a $1,500 device he's been using for nearly six months for crop consulting.

He flies it 200 feet in the air to examine crop patterns in fields that indicate what nutrients are needed where.

Only about a foot wide, the drone uses four propellors to hoist itself into the air and give it the ability to hover. A camera both records and takes photos of the fields.

Hillyer controls it with a radio controller; however, photos and videos are sent through a wifi network straight to his phone, giving him a first hand view from the sky.
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