Robert Blair is a fourth-generation Idaho farmer and the first farmer in the country to own and use UAS to monitor his crop fields. Blair flies a UAS over his fields taking photographs, which are then stitched together with computer software to produce a complete visual of the farm plot. These photographs are analyzed to locate and diagnose problem areas or spots where crops need extra attention.
When combined with other monitoring data and Blair's intimate knowledge of his fields, UAS provides a much more precise tool for optimizing the farming operation than solely by walking or driving the fields. Blair uses that data to relay valuable information to the crop duster pilots, allowing them to specifically target areas and use their payload more efficiently.