Expert: Drone technology a game-changer in agriculture

Oct 7, 2014

Bruno Basso

We were first introduced to drones by the United States military, which has been using them, controversially, it must be pointed out, for years in places like Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and Yemen. But like many other technologies that have been pioneered by the military, such as computers, duct tape and GPS, drones have numerous commercial applications. And one of the biggest sectors where drones could become a game-changer is in agriculture.

Still in its early stages, with many technological, legal and public safety concerns to be ironed out, drone technology and uses in agriculture are on the rise. Current State talks with Bruno Basso, a professor who studies crop modeling and land use sustainability at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station. He’s been using a drone in his research.

This segment is supported by Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. More news about the Great Lakes Environment can be found at and on Current State every Tuesday.