High Flying Opportunity: Learn about Drones and Agriculture

High Flying Opportunity: Learn about Drones and Agriculture

William Thiele will demonstrate how he uses a drone at his farm on May 20.

Drones can be a handy tool for farmers. Middle and high school students have a unique opportunity to learn about drones and agriculture how this new technology can be applied at a practical level on a Pennsylvania dairy farm.

The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation is hosting a virtual farm tour on May 20 as part of the 2022 Remake Learning Days, a learning festival for families and youth. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

This year’s host is William Thiele, a sixth-generation dairy farmer in Cabot, Pennsylvania. He has been using drones on his family’s farm for six years. He is known at #droneguy and enjoys talking to farmers and the public about the different agricultural applications for a drone.

Agriculture drones can be used to do anything from precision agriculture, to efficiently dispersing weed control or fertilizers, to optimizing field management. The results include reduced operation costs, improved crop quality, and increased yield rate.

Thiele will demonstrate his drone as well as answer questions from students during this hour-long educational session. Pre-registration is required.

For more information on this year’s remake learning event, visit the foundation’s website. (https://pfbfriends.com/farmer-friday-on-may-20/.)

Teachers can register their classrooms here (https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rmNbuHisTB-LPiusQvGCXQ).