Drones Take Center Stage at IDEAg Dakotafest

Jamie JohansenAerial Imagery, Agribusiness, UAS, UAV

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 1.13.25 PMDay 2 of the IDEAg Dakotafest show will focus on the latest technological break-through in agriculture: drones. The IDEAg Group is teaming up with Measure, A 32 Advisors Company, to discuss Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and their uses in the field, and to display a sophisticated device, the ScanEagle from Boeing/Insitu.

Measure will begin Wednesday August 20th at 7:30 a.m. with a special session, A Game Changer if Managed Properly: Drones for Precision Agriculture, held at Mitchell Technical Institute. The session will discuss potential use cases for drones in agriculture and critical issues to be aware of when considering this technology, including when to operate, how to finance drones, and ensuring all regulatory requirements are met. Boeing/Insitu will join Measure on the panel.

“We are pleased to be the drone sponsor for Dakotafest by IDEAg. Measure provides Drone as a Service for our clients; we’re the general contractor who ensures that all aspects of drone use are handled, and that operational gains more than cover the cost. We look forward to sharing our insights with the industry but, more important, learning from farmers at Dakotafest,” said Justin P. Oberman, President of Measure, A 32 Advisors Company.

Later in the day, SDSU Extension will be partnering with Measure, for a presentation and demonstration of the future of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture. The 3 p.m. panel will focus on the almost limitless applications for agriculture drone use and how, within the next decade, farmers & ranchers will be able to monitor crops and cattle with precision, efficiency and at a fraction of the costs and time.

“IDEAg is proud to have Measure as the Official Drone Sponsor at Dakotafest,” says Raymond Bianchi, Senior Director of Expositions & Events for IDEAg Group, “We think that their insights and information will be invaluable to our attendees on this important topic”