A drone spraying program by a British company for agroprochemical and pest management is to begin in April, said David Kroll, who heads the group.
He said the plan is to target areas where weeds have taken over, or where pesticides are not effective.
“We are trying to make sure we have the best chance to reduce the damage,” he said.
The plan is being backed by a government that has been accused of failing to protect farmers from pesticides used by agribusiness.
The AgBio-Vantage drones, which cost about $1,500 each, have a range of up to a mile and can be remotely controlled.
The drones will also be used to spray fertiliser and insecticide onto plants, which can be sprayed in the field.
“The aim is to get as many plants as possible sprayed by the drone in a given area, with the highest concentration on the plants, so that we can see what’s happening in the plant,” Mr Kroll said.
“This will be a massive improvement in pest management.”
Mr Krolling said the programme was aimed at getting more control over pests before the crop was fully grown.
Farmers will not be required to buy the drones, and Mr Krol said they were designed for use in the UK and could be delivered to farmers directly.
“I think there are a lot of farmers who will be very happy with the drones,” he added.
The drone will also come with a remote control, a radio frequency identification system, and an onboard camera to monitor the area.
Mr Kror said the drone will be deployed in areas where it is likely to find problems, such as areas where a weed is causing damage.
“It’s not something that’s going to happen in a country where you can just leave a drone on the lawn,” he explained.
“There are places where it might be the only option, but that’s where we’re taking a very careful approach.”
He said there were no plans to use drones in areas in the US where farmers are prohibited from using pesticides.
“So the way that we’re going to operate in the future is that we’ll fly them in and we’ll give them the remote control and we will monitor the drone,” he concluded.