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Tag: Droneagriculture

How are Drones Making a Difference in Viticulture?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz

Talk about how drones will play a role on the “farm of the future” is as pervasive as it is captivating. These benefits are being showcased for the agriculture industry as a whole in terms of cost and usability, but drones are also being positioned as the tools that will be utilized to help meet exponential increases in food production demand.

That said, numerous experts have discussed why it doesn’t make sense to consider how drones will impact agriculture as a whole, mostly because this industry is not a single homogenous marketplace.

A farmer that has 100 acres of a certain crop might not be able to use drone technology in the same way as someone who has 1,000 acres, even if we’re talking about the exact same crop in the exact same climate.

Being able to efficiently and effectively utilize a drone depends on a number of factors, and a recent article in Wines & Vines explored how one wine specialist has been able to make the technology work for him.

Jim Meyers is based in Westchester, N.Y. and serves as the viticulture specialist for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in a 17-county region in eastern New York.

His recent article, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drone, detailed an emerging case study for drones in viticulture, but Meyers had more to say about what it would mean to see the technology utilized as a mainstream precision agriculture device.

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Autonomous drones could soon be scouting your cornfields

Just behind the old barn on a Hesston, Kansas, farmstead sits a little white shed of the future.

It houses the latest in agriculture technology—drones.

Soon, the Midwestern landscape could be dotted with hundreds of these sheds, or drone base stations, ushering farmers into a time only previously envisioned in a Star Wars movie.

Read More: High Plains Midwest Ag Journal

6 ways to use a drone on the farm

By Farm and Dairy Staff

According to an April 2018 survey of 269 U.S. farmers, 76 percent of all respondents have concerns related to drone usage. Privacy issues, at 23 percent, topped the list, followed by cybersecurity concerns over data captured and transferred, and potential damage or injury from the drone.

These concerns don’t seem to be slowing adoption with a reported 76 percent of surveyed farmers considering using drones.

Read More: The Farm Dairy

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Drone specialist Fiona Lake straddles practicality and beauty

FIONA Lake discovered the power of flight for large agricultural operations working on an outback cattle property in the 1988.

With the development of drone technology, and improved affordability, she has now incorporated this technology into her self-crafted career, both as an internationally recognised photographer and as an educator, presenting at drone symposiums and conferences worldwide.

Read More: The Weekly Times

Drones Spray Inaccessible Cliff Areas in Australia

Lake Macquarie Council has begun using drones along isolated cliffs at Swansea Heads and Caves Beach to spray tracts of Bitou bush, an invasive South African weed.  It is understood to be the first time drones have been used for weed spraying in the Hunter.

Council’s manager planning and sustainability, Alice Howe, said drones are ideal delivery tools in areas difficult or dangerous to reach.

The low operating height and flying speed of less than 20km/h of the drones, combined with the downward air movement from the rotor “ensures extremely accurate application of the herbicide”.

Read More: UAV VISION

Weed spraying drone draws big crowd at Beef Australia

by VANESSA JARRETT

DRONES on farms are becoming more and more popular so it wasn’t a surprise to see a few around Beef Australia this week.

Much larger than the average run-of-the-mill drone is the DroneAgriculture, a large, heavy-lift octocopter drone with a lift capacity of 20kg that has an aerial application of granule herbicides in confined areas.

DroneAgriculture is a joint venture between AeroBugs and Granular Products to provide a service wherea chief pilot comes to the farm, flies the drone and sprays all of the infesting weeds.

“We saw a need to treat smaller areas and harder to access areas and we teamed up with Nathan,” Granular Products Sales Paul Hubbard said.

“Aerobugs has been going for five years and we have been doing a lot of stuff out in horticulture and in the cotton fields but this is the first time for us in the beef environment,” Drone Agriculture Chief Pilot and Aero Bugs founder Nathan Roy said.

“A lot of farms may need to focus their attention on other aspects of the business and other hard tasks on a bit of a hill or really thick pieces of noxious weeds where we can just take that pain away from them,” Nathan said.

The services is a thorough process.

Read More: The Morning Bulletin

Ruralco has partnered with MLA to conduct drone research

By Sharon O’Keeffe

A DRONE may soon be as common, and as useful,  as a cattle dog on Australian properties. 

Ruralco, procurement manager, Leonie Furze said Ruralco, along with partner Precision Hawke, is carrying out a research project with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) to investigate the future of drones.

“We are looking at how drones can assist beef cattle producers,” she said.

Ms Furze said the project involved surveying producers to crowdsource information on how drones could or should be used.

“We are finding activities like checking water points, fence lines and stock are the obvious uses,” she said.

Ms Furze said labour saving and workplace safety were potential benefits perceived by farmers of the technology.

Read More: Queensland Country Life

Parrot and AIRINOV are Bringing Agriculture Drones to Africa

The following is a joint press release from Parrot and AIRINOV.

Agriculture is a key and fast-growing industry in Africa and Parrot, the leading European drone group, is offering business solutions, including drones, software and services, to professionals of this business sector. Parrot-AIRINOV teamed up with CTA (The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation created by the European Union) to help tech start-ups develop precision agriculture all over the African continent, enabling farmers to improve their ROI while respecting the environment.

There is a general consensus that smallholder farming needs to become more productive, more sustainable and more profitable. Drone-based systems/services can contribute to these goals by bringing precision agriculture tools to producers, which include large and medium-scale holdings and associations of small-scale farmers growing the same crop in contiguous areas.

Read More: Drone Life

Microsoft and DJI team up to bring smarter drones to the enterprise

By Frederic Lardinois

At the Microsoft  Build developer conference today, Microsoft and Chinese drone manufacturer DJI announced a new partnership that aims to bring more of Microsoft’s machine learning smarts to commercial drones.

Given Microsoft’s current focus on bringing intelligence to the edge, this is almost a logical partnership, given that drones are essentially semi-autonomous edge computing devices.

DJI  also today announced that Azure is now its preferred cloud computing partner and that it will use the platform to analyze video data, for example. The two companies also plan to offer new commercial drone solutions using Azure IoT Edge and related AI technologies for verticals like agriculture, construction and public safety. Indeed, the companies are already working together on Microsoft’s FarmBeatssolution, an AI and IoT platform for farmers.

Read More: Tech Crunch

Drones making a difference in agriculture research in Texas

Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

U.S – Drones are being used more in agriculture research across the state.

In the Panhandle, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research dryland wheat variety nursery near Bushland is being monitored weekly by drone flights, offering wheat breeders a chance to see changes on a more real-time basis.

At College Station, Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, AgriLife weed scientist, is using drones to “read the weeds” at a research plot at Texas A&M.

“Our goal is to use advanced sensor technology to detect weeds from above the ground and implement precision weed management,” Bagavathiannan said.

The current practice is to have field scouts walk the large fields to look for weed issues, he explained. This is a tedious, time-consuming task that can be inaccurate, and bad weather conditions can prevent timely assessments of weed problems.

“But the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology would provide the ability to fly over large fields and collect reliable information in a short time period that can be directly relayed into actionable information,” Bagavathiannan said. “We need this technology to make that identification sooner than the naked eye can.”

Read More: Reporter News