Precision Agriculture

Land O’Lakes Kicks off Agriculture Drone Challenge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 20, 2017

Fortune 200 agribusiness and food company Land O’Lakes Inc. is calling on innovators from the tech industry to enter the Land O’Lakes Prize: Drone Challenge, a crowdsourcing competition designed to develop proposed solutions that enable scalable, autonomous drone usage in [Read More]

Utah State Unveils BluJay All-Electric UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 20, 2017

Utah State University has unveiled its BluJay line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), all-electric aircraft used for research in agriculture and water resources engineering. The university’s recent unveiling event coincided with a meeting of the GRAPEX group, a team of [Read More]

DroneDeploy Inks Deal with Major Capital Goods Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

As part of a new North American distribution agreement, U.K.-based CNH Industrial N.V., a global provider of agricultural equipment and other capital goods, has selected DroneDeploy’s cloud platform as the software for a new, all-in-one drone bundle. Available now from [Read More]

Sentera Converts DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone into Precision Scouting Tool

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

Just in time for the 2017 growing season in the northern hemisphere, Sentera says it can now make the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone a precision scouting tool for farmers. By integrating the Sentera NDVI Single Sensor onto the Phantom [Read More]

UAVs and Robots Boost Plant Genetic Research for UGA Scientists

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population, according to the [Read More]

AeroVironment Works Extensively with Farmers on UAS Integration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

AeroVironment Inc., a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, is sharing the details on its ongoing pilot programs with farmers and universities. The programs, which are entering their third year, have guided the development [Read More]

Using Drones, Parrot Subsidiary Offers Fertilization Advice in Farming

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

Parrot subsidiary AIRINOV, which specializes in agricultural services using drones, is reporting the results of a three-year study conducted with French farming cooperative OCEALIA. AIRINOV offers farmers measuring and agronomic recommendation services using drones to support the fertilization of wheat [Read More]

Texas A&M AgriLife Gives the Lowdown on its Extensive UAS Research

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

A contingent of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists, part of a cross-disciplined unmanned aircraft (UAS) systems research team, recently gave briefings in College Station on project results conducted across Texas. The AgriLife UAS program is one of the largest research [Read More]

LSU AgCenter Holding UAV Seminar for Farmers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (the LSU AgCenter), one of 11 institutions within the Louisiana State University System, is holding a drone seminar suited for farmers, consultants and anyone else involved in crop production, forestry, nurseries and cattle operations. The [Read More]

New PrecisionHawk Partnership Merges Aerial Drone and Ground Data for Farmers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 31, 2017

PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, and A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., an independent agronomy lab based in Ontario, are partnering to enhance the value of drone data for farmers. Through the partnership, farmers will be able to view [Read More]

Sentera Brings NDVI Toolbox to Drone Precision Ag Software

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 26, 2017

Minneapolis-based drone software company Sentera has released its NDVI Toolbox for AgVault – a set of tools for customizable normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data in order to give growers and agronomists more insight into field and crop health. The [Read More]

Pix4D Touting Drone Mapping Solutions at United Nations Panel

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

Photogrammetry software company Pix4D is speaking about drone mapping at a panel held today by the United Nations’ Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). The CSTD’s panel will discuss the role of science, technology and innovation in ensuring [Read More]

senseFly and Agribotix Join Forces for Agricultural Drone Solution

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Agribotix, a provider of drone-enabled agricultural intelligence, and senseFly, a producer of fixed-wing drones and a subsidiary of Parrot Group, have joined forces to offer an agricultural solution combining the eBee SQ agricultural drone and the Agribotix FarmLens software. By [Read More]

New Tool Allows Farmers to Live-Stream NDVI Drone Video to Phone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 10, 2017

Sentera has announced the upcoming release of LiveNDVI video: live-streamed normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) video via the company’s Double 4K sensor for drones. According to Sentera, the technology will offer agronomists a fast way to make decisions and specify [Read More]

North Dakota’s Precision Ag Summit to Offer Drone Focus

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

The sixth annual Precision Ag Summit, which will feature a focus on drones, is kicking off soon in Jamestown, N.D. Once again, the conference is co-hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor and the ND Farmers Union. Taking place [Read More]

Federally Supported Project Using Drones to Boost Wheat Yields

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $3.4 million in funding for research into the development of new wheat varieties that are adapted to different geographical regions and environmental conditions. Specifically, one [Read More]

Sentera Expands U.S. Distribution of UAV Precision Ag Solutions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 13, 2016

Sentera, a Minneapolis-based designer, developer and manufacturer of remote sensing technologies in the agriculture, infrastructure and public safety industries, has announced a new partnership with total solutions provider RDO Equipment Co. Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. sells and supports [Read More]

Drones Could Help Manage Big Agricultural Commodity in California

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

AeroVironment Inc., a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, has begun a yearlong study with California State University, Fresno to research how UAS imagery and analytics could potentially detect varying levels of water stress [Read More]

Latest Commercial Drone Fund Investment Goes to Precision Ag Sector

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 06, 2016

Airware’s Commercial Drone Fund has announced an investment in Raptor Maps, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company developing a drone-enabled technology platform for the agriculture sector. The Commercial Drone Fund is a venture capital-structured fund focused on early-stage start-ups developing technologies that [Read More]

Case Study: UAVs Proven as Powerful Tool for Vital Crop

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 05, 2016

Using unmanned aerial vehicles, Deveron UAS tracked a winter wheat field from planting in the fall to emergence the following spring.