Editor’s Note: This video interview accompanies Steve Lubetkin’s November 2021 CompuSchmooze column in the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey.
Most of us are familiar with spellbinding aerial videos sweeping across a beautiful landscape as part of most TV shows, news stories, and even TikTok videos as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — usually called “drones” — have gone mainstream as a tool for professional photographers, videographers, and even amateurs willing to get a drone pilot’s license.
But there are other, far more commercial, uses for drones that are likely to revolutionize many industries.
One industry that’s a surprising beneficiary of drone technology is the agriculture industry where small farms and large agri-business “food factory” sites are using drones for precise application of pesticides and fertilizer once spread by crop-dusting planes and helicopters.
Now, a Houston-based company, Hylio (pronounced HEE-lee-oh), is providing automated agriculture drone systems that the company says have already treated hundreds of thousands of acres across the globe. (See more at https://www.hyl.io/.)
In this interview, Hylio CEO Arthur Erickson describes his company’s drone aerial spraying technology and why it’s a breakthrough for farms both small and large.
You can watch the interview in the player below. Read the CompuSchmooze column here.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations.
In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, “The CRE News Hour,” a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
You can email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.