Not only would scouting crops be quicker with drones, but it would be potentially much more efficient, because they would provide a bird’s eye view of different areas of a field where stress points in a crop are likely to be found. Could scouting of greenhouse crops become easier with drones in the future?

In an interview with the South East Farm Press, Virginia Tech Scientist Jim Owen says technology for the small, battery-powered aircraft has come a long way in the past couple of years, but regulations for their use remains a little cloudy at best.