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A DJI Drones’ T-30 owned and operated by Altitude Agri Services hovers as it sprays a row of cherry trees with water as part of a demonstration of its capabilities during WSU’s Drone Day event last week.

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Learning to fly
May 24, 2023 1 a.m.

Learning to fly

Drones still looking for that perfect place on the farm

PASCO — It’s not too hard to learn to fly a drone, according to Washington State University smart farming expert Jake Schraeder. “Any kid who grew up playing video games would get it pretty quickly. It's fairly intuitive,” Schraeder said on a recent Friday in a cherry orchard north of Pasco. “The kids, when they crash, they can start their game over,” responded orchard owner Denny Hayden, pointing at one of the larger WSU drones sitting on the ground near Schraeder. “How much are those?”