JONESBORO -- After two years of research in the agricultural industry, Delta Drones is now open for business.

Owners Tommy and Mary Dawn McKnight, along with manager Richard Pickett, pilots Jack McKnight, son Devon McKnight, Gregory Walton, Allen Ampueda and advisor Tyler Gaskin are now offering multiple drone and ag services.

Many farmers are now realizing the need for timely data and smart business practices. Drone imagery can help in multiple ways such as variable rate prescriptions, irrigation conservation designs, and identifying a crop's stressed areas.

Drones can collect plant stress in near real time and allow user to take timely action if necessary.

Local extension agent Rick Wimberly said drone imagery is helpful and he sees it as the way of the future.

"I think we will see an increase in the use of UAVs in monitoring various aspects of crop growth, including plant stress, irrigation monitoring, and pest management. The technology is here. We just need to learn how to use it to our advantage," Wimberly said.

Delta Drones has two locations: The EACC Technology Center in Wynne and the Datasmart office building in Jonesboro, located at 3012 Turman Drive.

For more information on Delta Drones call 870-238-9222 or email deltadrones30@gmail.com.

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