To keep the cranberry industry in its birthplace, a farm turns to drones, data, and automation

To keep the cranberry industry in its birthplace, a farm turns to drones, data, and automation

Keith Mann faces the same problem each year: frost. The icy condensation is detrimental to his crop in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the modern American cranberry industry. As the temperatures drop into the fall months, the owner of 150 acres of cranberry bogs throws on some layers and preps a network of sprinklers, which spray enough temperate water to keep the vines above freezing until the sun rises.

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