Drones for Weed Control


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I fly a DJI 3 Pro and landed a job with CO State Weed Management Program in Durango, CO

Traveling through the San Juan Mountains, identifying a noxious weed called Oxeye Daisy - beautiful flower, but spreads like crazy and crowds every other plant out. Not poisonous but ranchers and farmers are loosing their pasture land and grazing areas. Neither cows, horses, or even squirrels will touch the daisy - nasty tasting, and it takes over and crowds out all grasses and other plants. Cutting to the chase, states from Washington to New Mexico are infested with the Oxeye and fighting the good fight to eradicate. Take a peak at:

 

 

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On 6/23/2016 at 11:49 AM, Ted Creighton said:

I fly a DJI 3 Pro and landed a job with CO State Weed Management Program in Durango, CO

Traveling through the San Juan Mountains, identifying a noxious weed called Oxeye Daisy - beautiful flower, but spreads like crazy and crowds every other plant out. Not poisonous but ranchers and farmers are loosing their pasture land and grazing areas. Neither cows, horses, or even squirrels will touch the daisy - nasty tasting, and it takes over and crowds out all grasses and other plants. Cutting to the chase, states from Washington to New Mexico are infested with the Oxeye and fighting the good fight to eradicate. Take a peak at:

 

 

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TwlybrLj0HA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

Ted

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George - sort of round about. I was enrolled in a CO Master Garden program while completing the UAV course, and one of the speakers was the County Weed Manager - his passion is solving the Oxeye Daisy infestations. One day, took my Drone to the mountains and took some video - I then send the video link to the Office, and next day, the Manager asked me to come in (and we talked) and the "rest is history." Seriously, I think the "use of drones" is unlimited, and most folks (commercial) think of only the few hot buttons (real estate, weddings, etc.). With my hard-shell back pack for the Phantom 3, I can go places even cars (and jeeps) can't get to. Cutting to the chase, I find a problem area, take a drone video, then contact the folks about the existing problem (and offer my services). Doesn't work in all cases, but here and there - enough to keep me busy and realizing a modest revenue. What State are you in?

Ted

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