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Drones have become popular with hobbyists interested in capturing flyover video of local attractions. But the advanced tech gadgets have proven useful in a variety of industries, especially agriculture.

Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, drones can cover a large distance quickly while also taking up very little airspace. At the same time, demands on the agricultural field will only continue to grow as the world’s population increases. Experts anticipate that by the year 2050, consumption of agricultural products will grow by as much as 70 percent, challenging farmers and manufacturers to keep up.

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How to manage the growing of crops that require a lot of water -- in a state that's been subject to a severe drought, no less?

Send in the drones. Especially when the crops in question include grapes used in the making of one of California's most popular products, wine.

Hahn Vineyards, located in Soledad, CA, has partnered with Verizon and PrecisionHawk to keep a bird's eye view on its vineyards. The agricultural drones, which weight about five pounds apiece, periodically fly over the crops, taking measurements about such factors as canopy growth, reports PSFK. The Intel-made sensors in the crafts pick up readings on humidity and temperature. This data is then used in conjunction with soil moisture managers, which check out the levels of water at various depths in the ground. This, in turn, guides flow meters in doling out the amounts of water needed for this or that plot of farmland. Other factors, such as humidity, wind speed and direction, and photosynthetic radiation are also collected.

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