One of the big attractions for Farm Progress Show this year was to be the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) showcase, or drones, the popular agriculture term. But this was not to be as the drones were grounded by the FAA. Yes, you read correctly – the UAV’s were grounded for take off the first year of the UAV demonstrations.
Fortunately it didn’t keep growers from heading out to the field to learn more about how drones will innovate the agricultural industry. I also checked out a few contenders including Crop Copter and Precision Hawk.
I also learned about the partnership between Agribotix and AGCO. The “all-in-one” combines Agribotix’s FarmLens cloud-based data platform with the purpose-built SOLO AGCO edition quadcopter, built on the 3D Robotics Solo platform, that the two companies say will provide customers with an efficient, reliable way to collect and analyze field data for precision agriculture applications.
“Our partnership with AGCO gives our customers a best-in-class ag intelligence solution, enabled by a robust, purpose-built drone,” said Agribotix CEO, Lou Faust. “Both companies are 100% focused on agriculture, so we understand the kind of reliable information farmers need to better manage their farms and increase their bottom lines. That’s confidence for our customers.”
There were several other companies showcasing their UAV technologies including Trimble and Precision Drone. All the showcasing companies (not including the hobby drones) were precision ag-focused with products ready for market as soon as the FAA clears drones for takeoff.