FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s farming enterprise plans to buy an unmanned aircraft as soon as next summer to help monitor its [auth] crops.
The drone would be used to watch for changes in crops grown by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. CEO Tsosie (SOH’-see) Lewis tells the Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/W6JhZM ) for a Thursday story it would replace a contractor’s manned plane flyovers and be cheaper.
The Navajo farming operation grows potatoes, alfalfa, pinto beans, corn and winter wheat on 72,000 acres of farmland south of Farmington.
The tribe-owned enterprise is aggressively seeking to expand the market for its “Navajo Pride” products.
It generates $400 million in annual revenue, and employs more than 400 people.
The drones will help spot crop problems early and allow adjustments to watering to fertilizer.