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Fast, quiet, cheap and extremely environmentally friendly: the first trial project in Germany on the use of drones for crop protection has convinced everyone involved. The German winegrowers' cooperative Roter Bur in Glottertal (Württemberg) was also involved. Those responsible describe their experiences with the use in the vineyard.

Last August, the German Minister of Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, welcomed her EU colleagues to an excursion to the steep slope vineyards on the Moselle. She not only explained the importance of the terraced vineyards for biodiversity to the assembled agriculture ministers, the colleagues also witnessed a demonstration with a spraying drone, which will be used for plant protection in the vineyards in the future. What was announced as the future of German viticulture on the steep slopes of Winningen has long been a reality in Switzerland: as early as July 2019, the Swiss approved the use of modern drone technology. Since then, drones with pesticides in ten-litre tanks have also been flying over Swiss vineyards.

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