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Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying to the farm

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Photo - In this Monday, May 19, 2014 photo, an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a multi-spectral camera awaits takeoff at the Southeastern Agricultural Center's research farm in Moultrie, Ga. The technology developed by a Georgia consortium is designed to monitor crop vigor, insect infestation and fungal infection for the agriculture industry. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)
In this Monday, May 19, 2014 photo, an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a multi-spectral camera awaits takeoff at the Southeastern Agricultural Center's research farm in Moultrie, Ga. The technology developed by a Georgia consortium is designed to monitor crop vigor, insect infestation and fungal infection for the agriculture industry. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)
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MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) — Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields.

In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials — along with members of industry and academia — has been working since 2009 to develop a drone that can save a farmer's time and resources during the growing season.

The public got its first glimpse of the group's drone at a flight demonstration last month at a research farm in Moultrie, Georgia.

By deploying a UAV with a multi-spectral camera to survey crops, farmers could spot water and nutrition issues, insect infestations and fungal infections.

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