Ag Drone Rodeo Comes to Pendleton, Ore., Soon

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 05, 2016 No Comments

The Oregon UAS FutureFarm is hosting a two-day Ag Drone Rodeo, which will feature unmanned aircraft system (UAS) crop survey flight demos and post-flight data analysis presentations from companies in digital agriculture.

Taking place in Pendleton, Ore., on Aug. 18-19, the free event is sponsored by the City of Pendleton; the Pendleton UAS Range; and SOAR Oregon, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the UAS industry in the state.

On day one, companies including MicaSense, ATI, Yamaha, Digital Harvest, senseFly, HoneyComb and RDO will demonstrate UAS featuring advanced crop sensors and precision spot spraying technologies at a local potato farm. Day two will be held at the Oregon Army National Guard Armory at the Pendleton Airport, where data will be reviewed and interpreted; a question-and-answer session will follow.

The Oregon UAS FutureFarm, funded by a grant from SOAR Oregon, is a real-world proving ground for precision agriculture. The FutureFarm features a network of farmers growing a variety of irrigated and dry-land crops in both traditional and modern farming infrastructures. Additional strategic partners include Digital Harvest, Duke Joseph Agency, Blue Mountain Community College, Oregon State University and USDA Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center.

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