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Kansas State Researches Use of Drones to Protect Crops

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University is researching how to use drones to detect invasive insects and emerging diseases in wheat fields.  The $1.74 million three-year project will initially target the Russian wheat aphid and wheat stripe rust, also commonly referred to as "yellow rust." The research partners are Australia's Queensland University of Technology, the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.  Kansas State says flights will be conducted in fields around Kansas. Researchers in Australia are conducting complementary flights to collect supporting data.

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