Drones have been hot talk in agriculture for the past several seasons. But how popular are they, really? According to a recent Farm Journal Media Pulse poll that surveyed more than a thousand farmers and ranchers, use of this technology has definitely gained a firm foothold in the industry.
Many farmers know approximately what a drone might cost. Fewer know what return on that agtech investment might bring – but a new report brings fresh ROI insights.
It sounds like a giant bumblebee, the 2-foot-square drone whirring to life. Its four props lift it off the ground outside Bruce Bowsher's house and once it's about 4 feet in the air, they lift up to give a camera an unobstructed 360-degree view.
Now that more and more farmers are investing in drone technology on their operations, the ROI question is more relevant than ever. What constitutes a good deal when buying a drone? According to Malek Murison, who writes for dronelife.com, “It depends.”
Festival to show Kansas man's drone video of wheat harvest
DroneDeply announces it is collaborating with CNH Industrial to offer a new drone data package called PLM Drone Data Manager, which can help farmers collect aerial data mapping for their operation. Ideally, the technology can help uncover any number of in-season opportunities, such as adjusting a fertilizer program on the go or identifying pests or analyzing plant counts and stand establishment.
Andreas Klauser, president of Case IH, says his company's philosophy was on display at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show, when it announced several new products and technologies.
The robots aren’t coming – they’ve already arrived. At least, that’s the case at the University of Georgia, where a team of researchers use all-terrain rovers on the ground and drones in the air to quickly and accurately gather crop data, including growth patterns, stress tolerance and general health.
Since 2012, Doug Armknecht has filmed the harvest on his wife's family farm and cut together a highlight video. It was fun to do, he says, and also a way to show a glimpse of farm life to people outside of the agriculture industry.
Ag data was one of the biggest buzzworthy topics in the industry in 2016 and is almost certainly expected to continue throughout 2017. Todd Janzen, an Indiana agricultural lawyer who grew up on a Kansas grain and livestock farm, has spent some time thinking about what trends will matter the most this year.
Livestreamed NDVI video will be available via Sentera's Double 4K sensor.
Kansas State University announces it has received a $975,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) that will use drones to improve the school’s wheat breeding efforts.
In most places, when time flies, it’s more of a metaphorical endeavor. But at Prunty Farms in South Dakota, you can take that phrase literally.
Learn from Greg Emerick, EVP, Business Development, Sentera.
Drones can capture multispectral images that can be used to set up fairly sophisticated variable rate prescriptions. But not every drone has to be that complicated, argues Thomas Haun.
“The difference is kind of like going to the doctor and getting an MRI scan, versus just getting the basics like your temperature and heart rate taken.”
Nicholas Pilkington and his colleagues at DroneDeploy found themselves faced with a dilemma. The company builds drone 2-D maps and 3-D models, and it wanted to take what it claims is the world’s largest drone imagery dataset much further.
What are the emerging technologies of today that have the best chances to survive the hype and stick around?