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Science & Health
6:13 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Bentley Names Drone Task Force

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Gov. Robert Bentley has created a task force to look at the potential uses of drones in agriculture, conservation and law enforcement.

Bentley says the new Alabama Drone Task Force will review the Federal Aviation Administration requirements for the use of drones in Alabama and establish the necessary guidelines.

State Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan is chairman of the task force. McMillan says it's time for Alabama to be proactive with ideas that enable the rapidly developing drone technology to be a positive innovation for the long term.

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Alabama Cotton Crop
4:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Experts Are Predicting High Cotton Yields

Agriculture experts predict a good year for norhtern Alabama's cotton crop.
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Agriculture experts are predicting a bountiful year for northern Alabama's cotton crop.

Heavy rain this week forced some farmers to delay harvesting another week or two.

However, planters say the fall rain has been welcome after a scorching summer that featured consistent heat and little rain.

Eric Schavey, regional extension agent for northwest Alabama, predicts a solid cotton crop this year. He said less rain over the coming days would be more beneficial to the cotton crops. More rain could lead to boll rot, some of which he's seen in some plants.