The LSU AgCenter announced Friday that it will study the possible applications drones could have in agriculture.
The unmanned flying machines are most commonly associated with military use. But drones are also becoming regular tools for everyone from realtors to hunters.
The AgCenter says a drone was recently used to check for freeze damage in a sugarcane field.
In the future, the center says, drones might be outfitted with sensors to measure the health of crops.