At the 2020 Farm Journal Field Days in-person event in Jessup, Iowa, attendees got an up close look at the latest technology in drones used for agricultural applications.
Startup Rantizo is the first and only company to gain legal approval for swam applications of drones in ag, and the team was on-hand with their machines to demonstrate both aerial spraying and aerial seeding.
Michael Ott, CEO of Rantizo, explains the drone used for spraying has a 14’ boom with a 20’ swath which can equal 14 acres/hour of application at a 3 gal. per acre rate.
The drones can alternatively be outfitted with a granular spreader for cover crop seeding. And depending on seeding rate, those drone setups can cover 4 acres per hour or up to 12 acres per hour.
With its swarming approval, the company’s independent contractors can fly up to three drones in a field. The cost for Rantizo application is $150 per hour per drone.
He joined AgriTalk host Chip Flory to talk more about how the company is carving out its niche in serving farmers.
“We are usually going into hard to reach, problematic situations where we are likely treating part of a field. And often, we may not know until that morning exactly how much of the field we are treating,” Ott says.
He notes the company has a handful of partnerships with imagery companies to precisely map pests in the field for accurate application.
“What we can do is spray insecticide right where it’s needed and herbicide right where it’s needed,” Ott explains. “That means we can treat pests more effectively and at a lower overall cost.”
Ott encourages any one interested to reach out to the company for their own in person demonstration.
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