Controlling Japanese Beetles in a Vineyard with a Drone Pesticide Sprayer

April 2020

FAA not conducting drone reviews due to COVID. Consulted with Casey (FAA advisor).

May 2020

No small drones (under 55 pounds) available (made in China). Due to Pandemic  and lack of drone decided to control Japan Beetles conventionally (ground sprayer from truck).

June 2020

First sighting of Japanese Beetle on June 28th. Continue looking for small drones. None available.

July 2020

Beetles on mass especially in the NW corner of the south field.

August 2020

Last spraying for Japanese Beetle. Small drone (borrowed) took aerial view of south field (producing field).

September 2020

Picked grapes. Detailed record of production.

October-December 2020

No small drones available for purchase.

January 2021

Small drones available for purchase. Applying for exception to FAA requirements for operation of small drones.