Giant tractors and massive saw-mills aren't for farmers like Karen Mohn.
"It's kind of neat to see,” she said, “but not accessible."
But drones are.
"This is one of the reasons why we're here at Empire Days,” she said.
It's clear that technology is becoming a bigger part of just about every industry. And farming is no exception. This year, the Empire Farm Days had some of the latest hi-tech innovations.
Brayden McGraw works for the Empire Drone Company in Fulton. He was looking forward to demonstrating the crop-spraying drones to farmers.
"I started a while ago when it was just a hobby, before it got really big," said McGraw.
He told farmers how exactly it works.
"It's a lot more efficient,” he said. “There's no waste, it sprays right above the crop."
Farmers would be able to spray 23 acres of land with one drone in one hour. But that means a lot of human power is being replaced by technology.
"It's like with computers in any work situations,” said Mohn. “It works, it makes the job go better, it makes you more efficient at what you're doing, but it also can take away the personal edge on things. And it can take away decision making. Some of those factors still need to be made by people."
McGraw did not deny that when he was asked if drones are putting people out of jobs.
"So it definitely is,” he said, laughing. “However, I think that you're going to still need people to operate these drones and people have to watch the drones."
But whether it hurts or helps farmers, it's likely that this could be the future of farming.