A new partnership between Case IH and DroneDeploy is bringing customers the complete package in UAV technology, say Ryan Blasiak of Case IH and Brandon O’Sullivan from DroneDeploy at the National Farm Machinery Show.
“Case IH and DroneDeploy are going to market together with the complete UAV solution of both hardware and software to provide data management for growers and farmers across the US and North America,” O’Sullivan says. “The software itself helps to automate the capture of images- to be able to fly your fields, process the maps and do plant health on those maps once those maps have been created.”
They’re accomplishing that with a package deal, Blasiak explains. For about $3,000 a grower can purchase the drone, a case and extra battery, but most importantly, the software and support- from the moment the drone is taken out of the box to advanced data collection. In an economic environment where farmers might be putting the brakes on a new tractor, it’s a more affordable way to grow your operation and not hard to see a return on investment by preventing a few thousand dollars in crop damage in a single year.
Case IH also debuted their AFS AccuTurn guidance system at the show; a hands free guidance system that automatically turns at the end of a row, allowing the operator to focus on the implement. AccuTurn uses the logic and algorithms used in the Autonomous vehicle, thinking like an operator, and lining up square every time it approaches the field Balsiack explains.
To learn more about the news at Case IH, listen to Chuck’s full interview with Blasiak and O’Sullivan here: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/nfms17-case-drone.mp3″ text=”Interview with Ryan Blaksiack, Case IH and Brandon O’Sullivan, DroneDeploy”]