Small Southeast Kansas company looks to save farmers money with drones

Small Southeast Kansas company looks to save farmers money with drones
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Visit AG Eagle, and you may think you’re in a San Francisco start-up.
A light-filled loft, a laid-back environment.
But the company is based in small-town Neodesha, Kansas. What it has in common with Silicon Valley is a goal to make the future better through technology. The company creates unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for use in agriculture.
“Farming today is remarkable in the aspect in how they apply technology to what they do, it’s not merely just a gentleman on a tractor plowing the fields,” says Tom Nichol, AG Eagle business development .
The drones fly over fields, taking infrared images of crops that show where nutrients are lacking, giving farmers the option to apply chemicals where needed.
This view point, says Bill Strenth, is how drones will help the future of agriculture and other industries.
“When you’ve got crops and stuff where you have acres and acres of corn standing up, do you have a problem somewhere in the middle of it that you wouldn’t be able to ever see?”
Strenth teaches his students to use small-scale drones in his construction classes at Pittsburg State University.
When it comes to AG eagles’ drones, Bret Chilcott understands they may not be for every farmer.
“The farmer that’s still farming today with an umbrella over his tractor, this is probably not for him,” says Chilcott. “But those farmers that know where the chemicals are being applied and what needs to be applied, this is for them.”
He and the AG Eagle team only hope the drones will help the next age of farming take off.