Often the best vantage point for evaluating what is going on with crops on the ground is from the sky. Plant and soil scientists and farmers fly camera-equipped drones over large areas to see where to adjust irrigation schedules and where to focus fertilizer applications or weed and pest control efforts.
Drones have rapidly increased in popularity in the past few years, and according to a study from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, that includes state governments.
Aerial firefighting operations were grounded for several hours on Sunday at three of Utah’s wildfire locations due to a drone sighting. Drones have become such a problem in Utah that the Utah Legislature has passed a bill prohibiting unmanned aerial vehicles in active wildfire areas.