The Agricultural Research Service has been experimenting with wireless communications to deliver aerial photographs of fields to rural computers.
Currently, many farmers receive aerial pictures of their crops using photographs on paper. The images arrive anywhere from two to three days after the pictures are taken. But, with a fast Internet connection, large picture files could be downloaded shortly after a plane lands making the data useful the same day.
The information would interact with Global Positioning Satellite technology to pinpoint problem spots. Researchers also hope the technology will save money on input costs, allowing more efficient use of fertilizers and pesticides.