UAV-IQ has introduced aerial biocontrol, an integrated pest management service that uses drones to release beneficial biological control agents bred by Koppert Biological Systems.
UAV-IQ, which stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Intelligence, is a veteran-owned agriculture technology company specializing in developing drone applications for farm management. According to the company, drone-based aerial biocontrol offers a way for growers to combat pests, reduce the environmental impact of pesticide usage and address a growing labor crunch.
“We’re extremely excited to team up with the premier company in biocontrol to help address the pest management needs of growers,” says Andreas Neuman, CEO of UAV-IQ.
Ryan Hill, general manager at Koppert Biological Systems, adds, “After extensive research, development and field trials, I’m confident that we are providing growers a high-quality service that will become a standard component of effective, modern integrated pest management plans.”
The partners say drone-based aerial biocontrol offers more efficient distribution than traditional application techniques and meaningfully reduces the use of chemical pesticides.