IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

Idaho State University has received a $150,000 federal grant to develop techniques using unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor crop health.

Project Director Donna Delparte says the quadcopters are already being tested on eastern Idaho farms.

She tells the Post Register in a story on Tuesday that sensors on the craft have the potential to provide farmers quick information about crop health over large areas.

Advance Aviation Solutions CEO Steve Edgar says the crafts can cover 150 acres in a few minutes.

He says the information can let farmers know a field needs more water or that plants are being attacked by insects.

He says the aerial view will save farmers time and money.