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Drone used for Australian first in weed control

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Sesbania Cattle Station, located 60 kilometers south of Richmond in north-west Queensland will be the first Australian site to demonstrate the use of a drone in an effort to control prickly acacia.

Richmond Resource management group, Desert Channels Queensland will conduct the experiment which is said to poison prickly acacia much faster than traditional methods according to ABC Rural.

The resilient woody pest which currently covers up to 80 percent of Sesbania, is causing significant damage to native plants and impeding on day to day activities of the cattle station.

Pilot Simon Wiggins said that the drone is proven to be highly effective in poisoning the weed.

“We are currently covering watercourses at the rate of about 100 meters every 30 minutes of flying time,” he said.

“That’s some extremely dense areas of infestation, and when we have tried to do that previously by hand, which was one of the techniques available, that would have been about a day’s work for a person.”

Image courtesy of Tatiana Gerus vis flickr 

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