Each year, around 100 scouts fuel the Pro Farmer Crop Tour by collectively collecting more than 1,300 yield samples. They bring disparate talents to the table. Farmers, journalists, grain traders and others from a half-dozen counties all contribute. For the 2015 tour, a brand-new “scout” joined the tour – a drone.
The high-flying scout was piloted by Iowa farmer Lou Arens, a veteran Crop Tour scout.
“I brought it along because there’s a lot of intrigue about whether or not to buy a drone,” Arens says.
Viewing a field from a couple hundred feet in the air brings a fresh perspective and insights, he says.
“You can see variations you couldn’t see otherwise from the ground,” he says. “You can see exactly what’s going on.”
Here is Arens’ look at a field his team scouted in Shelby Co., Ohio during the Crop Tour.
Here’s another look at a Crop Tour field, this time from Parke Co., Indiana.
Arens asserts that flying a drone is so easy, “even a 10-year-old could do it.”
For more information:
See full coverage of the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, hosted by Pro Farmer.
Take your own field measurements and participate in Pro Farmer's Virtual Crop Tour.
Follow the Tour on Twitter with the hashtag #pftour15.