It isn’t hard to see why record collectors love milk crates – they are portable, sturdy and just the right size for vinyls. Even retail giant Urban Outfitters joined the bandwagon, releasing their version of the milk crate a couple of years back.

But of course, those hipster crates cost a few dollars unlike the genuine dairy containers. And so, you’d think that it’s a good idea to recycle them for vinyl records. It’s a win-win situation, right? Not exactly. The Pennsylvania Law Act No. 37 says you’ll be imprisoned for 90 days or fined $300 (enough to buy the best record player).

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Better in a suitcase than in a milk crate.

And no, it’s not just in the Keystone State. In most other states, there are laws similar to Pennsylvania’s and the illegal use of milk crates is equally taken seriously. And so you might be wondering: why all the beef with dairy containers anyway? Well, the main reason is that the agricultural industry loses around $80M annually from purloined crates.

Apparently, that “free” milk crate holding your rare vinyl records actually costs around $4 for dairy companies. And with the current resurgence of vinyl records, you could just imagine how much all those “recycled” containers would add up to. Below, we bust a couple more myths about milk crates:

Common belief – Poor old milk crates! They have been abandoned outside my local convenience store / supermarket and are no longer wanted.
The truth – The next time the dairy company delivers milk, they will retrieve the said containers. It’s actually part of a nature friendly closed loop system.

Common belief – It does anyone no harm to use milk crates for my vinyl records.
The truth – You, other people, the environment and companies (basically everyone, actually) suffer the impact of stolen dairy crates. Replacing those milk bins will increase green house gases, as well as drive up the price you pay for milk products.

Dairy companies and the agricultural industry are doing what they can to discourage crate theft. One company even hired a detective to look into the matter, while others have changed crate dimensions so that vinyl records would no longer fit.

In this post, you’ll find the best drones in agriculture that rise above the rest of what’s available right now. There are lots of agricultural drones to choose from, and this article would probably help you make the right choice. Agriculture drones have been the focus of more companies lately, even despite government regulation on the use of such. With the UAV agriculture niche becoming crowded, we plowed through the options to feature only the top drones for agriculture.

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If you’re planning to fly a drone on your farm, it is critical that you first identify your purpose for getting one. Drones will cost you some money and time, so it’s best that you choose the one that fits your needs and preferences. Below are the companies considered as the top brands in the niche, with the best products that they have released so far.

Smarter Farming Kit by DJI and PrecisionHawk

The Smarter Farming Kit is the result of a partnership between two UAV companies, namely DJI and PrecisionHawk. DJI is known as a manufacturer of multi-rotor hovering drones that are utilized for a wide range of purposes (including wedding videos). PrecisionHawk, on the other hand, is a cloud-based data analytics company who is focused on agriculture. The kit was created to provide agronomists and farmers the necessary tools that they’ll need to remotely monitor their crops. The kit includes an assembled M100 drone, two X3 cameras (one of which is multispectral) and a one-year DataMapper subscription.

eBee Ag by senseFly

The eBee Ag by senseFly is a drone from the very well-known eBee platform, but is customized for being used in farms. It has an infrared camera that is pretty standard, but you can make 3D thermal maps of fields by using optional add-ons. With the company’s eMotion software, farmers can plot and visualize a flight before flying, and then monitor and modify it during such. The eMotion software can be used in Windows tablets and PCs, and is Google Earth compatible.