Land O’ Lakes Inc. Issues Drone Challenge

Kelly Marshall

Land O’Lakes, Inc. has issued the Drone Challenge, to urge developers to create solutions for precision agriculture. A $140,000 grand prize will be awarded, along with two $5,000 runner-up awards. “We’re offering the Land O’Lakes Prize to accelerate the development of drones for the ag industry. We believe with a few more years of work and the direction we’re providing, …

Award, Contest, drone, Land O'Lakes

PrecisionHawk Appoints New CEO

Kelly Marshall

Michael Chasen, former CEO and co-founder of Blackboard, has been selected as PrecisionHawk‘s new chief executive officer.  Chase offers more than 20 year of experience in software, both with Blackboard and as CEO and founder of Social Radar, to bring to PrecisionHawk’s drone planning, tracking, data collection and analytics business. “Adoption of drone technology among major industries is growing at …

Company Announcement, drone

DJI Introduces New Aerial Tech Products

Kelly Marshall

This week’s CES event in Las Vegas was the perfect time for unmanned aerial technology company DJI to introduce two new products– an aerial mapping app and a limited edition Phantom 4 drone.  They also debuted a prototype for an ultra-bright monitor specifically designed for outdoor aerial imaging operations called the CrystalSky, and showcased the Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 2 and …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone

IntelinAir: An MRI For Your Farm Field

Lizzy Schultz

Another company that made a presence during the 2016 Develop with Deere Conference was IntelinAir, an aerial imagery analytics company that is working with farmers to turn aerial imagery into actionable insights. IntelinAir recently integrated with John Deere’s API, offering customers the ability to utilize this incredible technology even easier through MyJohnDeere. Al Eisaian, CEO & Co-Founder of IntelinAir, sat …

Agribusiness, Audio, Data, drone, John Deere, UAV

AeroVironment Offers Defense Drones for Agriculture

Kelly Marshall

At this week’s Drone World Expo, AeroVironment announced a new commercial information solution for agriculture. The technologies feature the Quantix drone and Decision Support System (DDS) working together to provide growers with actionable crop health information. The new system will be available in the spring of 2017, providing the agriculture community with the same superiority and trusted certainty that comes from …

Aerial Imagery, drone

Sentera and Deere Bring Drone Data To The Field

Lizzy Schultz

The industry is increasingly looking to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as tools for precision crop management solutions, and thanks to the UAV software developers at Sentera, producers can send their drone data directly into the field through the ability to integrate their UAV imagery with John Deere Operation Center. Kris Poulson, VP of Agriculture for Sentera, sat down with Chuck …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Audio, drone, John Deere, UAV

TerrAvion Expands Aerial Imaging Service to Florida

Kelly Marshall

First it was row crops, then pasture land.  Now TerrAvion is expanding their aerial imaging services to include the citrus industry of Florida.  Their first flights pass over the sunshine state this week. Florida is the nation’s number 1 producer of oranges and sugarcane.  Its 9.5 million acres of farmland employ 2 million people and agriculture is the number 2 …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone

Enter Drone Pitchfest Competition

Jamie Johansen

International Drone Expo (IDE) will hold a Drone Pitchfest Competition sponsored by Singh Ventures. The competition is open to domestic and international entrepreneur applicants who are seeking the opportunity to present their ideas and business concepts surrounding the unmanned aerial systems industry. Five winners will be presented with $100,000 worth of application and/or product development and the opportunity to solicit …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone, UAS, UAV

Trimble Partners Offer Four New Drones

Kelly Marshall

Trimble has just announced they have partnered with Delair-Tech and microdrones as their official suppliers for UASs.  On the coattails of that announcement come four proven mapping solutions, or mdMapper, including the md4-1000 in yellow (pictured right) to commemorate the new partnership. mdMapper200: Compact but robust, the md4-200 aircraft at the heart of this solution is lightweight and easy to transport …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone, UAS

International Drone Expo to Host Drone Race in LA

Jamie Johansen

International Drone Expo (IDE), the largest gathering of the most innovative and leading members of the UAV community from around the globe, will hold its first annual Drone Race inside the Los Angeles Convention Center this December. MultiGP, the sanctioning body and leading drone racing league for first-person view (FPV) radio-controlled aircraft in the United States, will custom design the …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Aviation, drone, UAS, UAV