Aussie farmer plants (possibly) first-ever sunflower crop using a drone

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As an exploit, it may not rank up there with UAVs saving lives on first responder missions or locating people desperately lost in the inhospitable wilds, but an Australian farmer is celebrating what he believes to be the world’s first sunflower crop to be entirely planted by a drone.

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Drones vs. dogs: Stress level study reveals what sheep want

Could using drones to herd sheep actually be better for the animal than traditional methods of shepherding? Researchers in Australia strap on heart rate monitors to sheep to find out…

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Jeremy Clarkson successfully herds sheep with a drone, until he doesn’t

Jeremy Clarkson, an English broadcaster and columnist with a penchant for getting into trouble, has a new show coming up on Amazon Prime, called Clarkson’s Farm. And a hilarious new video released on Twitter gives a sneak peek into what happens when a self-confessed “inept townie” is tasked with running a 1,000-acre working farm.

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Farmers now teach sheep to follow a drone

Instead of chasing sheep with a drone or using an unmanned aircraft to bark at them, farmers are now trying to teach the woolly animals to follow the drone as positive reinforcement seems to work best.

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Drone paid for itself “10 to 20 times over” on Indiana farm

This is an interesting article about how a drone paid for itself “10 to 20 times over” on an Indiana farm. It was just published by AGWeb the other day. The article lists the various ways in which farmers can benefit from using drones, various models and brands. And, perhaps most importantly, how to get started using a drone on your farm, explaining the registration process and how to obtain a Part 107 license. See below for more highlights.

Herding sheep with a drone that barks like a dog

Farmers in New Zealand have found a new way to herd their sheep. They are now herding sheep with a drone, the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise, outfitted with a speaker that barks like a dog. The farmers say that a single drone can do the work of multiple dogs. Check out the video below for the drone in action and some of the other sounds effects the farmers use.

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