Flying a little higher: Drone use in ag grows

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CRYSTAL, N.D. — Nick Otto stands in a 160-acre field of fledging corn on a coolish June afternoon. His eyes and experience tell him a lot, but he knows they...

A DJI Phantom 4 glides over a field of corn near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
Piloted by Otto Ag Fertilizer employee Cameron Jenson, a DJI Phantom 4 lands in a cornfield just outside of Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson/Agweek)
Agweek reporter Jonathan Knutson listens as Nick Otto of Crystal, N.D.-based Otto Ag Fertilizer explains the agriculture imaging services his company offers using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Otto currently uses the DJI Phantom 4 UAV for his image gathering service. Photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson/Agweek)
Otto Ag Fertilizer owner Nick Otto holds a fixed-wing UAV that his Crystal, N.D. company uses during a portrait on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
Piloted by Otto Ag Fertilizer employee Cameron Jenson, a DJI Phantom 4 lands in a cornfield just outside of Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson/Agweek)
A DJI Phantom 4 initializes before scanning a field near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
Cameron Jenson, an Otto Ag Fertilizer employee, demonstrates software he uses to pilot a DJI Phantom 4 UAV over a cornfield near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
Piloted by Otto Ag Fertilizer employee Cameron Jenson, a DJI Phantom 4 lands in a cornfield just outside of Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
Two DJI Phantom 4 UAVs belonging to Otto Ag Fertilizer sit on a pickup tailgate near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The company provides UAV services for its customers, including field scanning for stalk counts, hail damage inspection and many other options. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
A DJI Phantom 4 piloted by Otto Ag Fertilizer employee Cameron Jenson (not pictured) warms up prior to flight near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
A DJI Phantom 4 glides over a field of corn near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson/Agweek)
Cameron Jenson, an Otto Ag Fertilizer employee, prepares to pilot a DJI Phantom 4 UAV on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 near Crystal, N.D. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
Otto Ag fertilizer employee Cameron Jenson connects his flight remote controller to the company's DJI Phantom 4 prior to scanning a field of corn near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson / Forum News Service)
Piloted by Otto Ag Fertilizer employee Cameron Jenson, a DJI Phantom 4 hovers and takes images over a field near Crystal, N.D. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Nick Nelson/Agweek)

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