NJC students learn to ‘fly the field’ with drones

When someone mentions agricultural technology, most people think of computerized tractors, sophisticated planters and high-tech chemical applicators. But Northeastern Junior College ag students are learning how to use the very latest production ag technology — small, remotely controlled aircraft most people refer to as drones.

Prof. Andy Bartlett recently took one of his classes out to the field — the NJC soccer field, that is — to teach them to fly three of the drones NJC has for teaching field and herd surveillance.

On a recent afternoon about a half-dozen students gathered at the eastern edge of the college’s soccer and baseball complex and flew an eBee SQ fixed-wing drone and two Phantom quadcopters to get hands-on experience with the machines.

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