Johnsburg man offers drone sanitizing services

Created: September 28, 2020 06:20 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Marcus Thompson of Johnsburg is hoping to take farming in southeast Minnesota to new heights.

Thompson recently joined a drone-based agricultural spraying company. He can now spray crops from the sky and go where tractors can't. He says his services can help farmers save money.


"Traditional farmers go out and spray the whole field, where with the drone I can use field imagery and go out and spray only the spots that need it,” said Thompson.

So far, Thompson has had interest from local growers and the University of Minnesota. He traveled to the college to spray cover crops at their test plots.

While his start has been slow overall, Thompson believes businesses will take off as farmers continue to search for latest and greatest ways to care for their crops.

"That's why I kind of got into it because I knew in my lifetime I believe every farmer will have a fleet of their own. When I heard about it, I'm like, this is really cool, and being a beginning farmer I thought it would put me ahead of the curve to help sustain agriculture,” Thompson said.

This summer, the drone spraying technologies company also launched sanitizing services. Application Services Contractors like Thompson are able to use their drones to spray stadiums across the country. So far, they've had interest from the NBA, NFL, and MLB.

"Using a drone could be a big advantage for sanitizing areas to get people back to normalcy because you can have game after game and not have to wait,” said Thompson.

Thompson says the sanitizing services could also be beneficial at area high school athletic facilities.

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