Category: Agriculture

Checking crops from the sky: Hermes 450 UAV to be escorted by manned plane


By SUE ROESLER Farm and Ranch Guide DICKINSON, N.D. – Imagine a 1,200 pound Hermes 450 UAV zipping through the skies with its camera lens taking photos of the crops below – while a manned plane flies along next to it. That hasn’t been spotted in the skies of North Dakota … yet. But that…

Sentera Announces Launch of AgVault™ 2.0 Software


Agnostic Crop Health Data Management Solution Minneapolis, MN, January 19, 2016: Sentera, LLC, a global provider of software, sensor, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies, today announced the launch of its AgVault™ 2.0 Software. The AgVault 2.0 Software comprises a desktop client and mobile app for iOS and Android that automatically sync with one another.…

NW Iowa native returns to home state with drone business


NICK HYTREK Sioux City Journal VERMILLION, S.D. | Manning a booth at the Dakota Farm Show here earlier this month, it was hard to tell what was making Laura Wilson happier. The fact she and her husband, Michael, were promoting their new business, Birdseye Farming, in which Michael flies drones over fields to take photos and…

Ag drone for less than $500


What do you need to start flying a drone for a reasonable cost. For folks that are cash poor and time rich. Here is my recommended setup for early 2016!  What you will need to bring is the understanding that you will have to read and ask questions all over the web! It might not…

Uganda:- Gov’t to use drones to enhance food security


By Gerald Tenywa They are more associated with spying, but unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), will soon be deployed in Uganda to help farmers increase agricultural output and enhance food security. A drone is operated using a remote control and flies using propellers. It can be fitted with a knapsack in case the operator…

GFIA Africa 2015 Session on Drones for agriculture: stepping into the future


I was honored to be invited to speak at GFIA 2015 by Giacomo Rambaldi Sr. Programme Coordinator, ICTsTechnical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) here are the presentations from our session. Drones on the horizon: Drones on the horizon: New frontiers for precision agriculture The world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones has…

Travelling with the E384 – Frank Sedlar


The sparse vegetation of Western Mali offers little protection from the sweltering sun. But today in the bush, even if there was cover everyone would still be subjecting themselves to the sun. It’s not everyday a UAV is flying overhead. A group of kids excitedly giggle and point their necks skyward to catch a glimpse…

Drones as common as tractors? Farm technology in 2025


By Robin McConchie , Craig Zonca and Arlie Felton-Taylor In a shed near Toowoomba, researchers at the University of Southern Queensland are developing the tools and techniques they think will dominate farming practice by 2025. The Institute for Agriculture and the Environment executive manager Kevin Norman said the University of Southern Queensland had invested $30…

Chinese drone makers turning to farmland


China’s drone producers are heading to the countryside as the government steps up restrictions on drone management in cities. A provisional regulation on operating light-duty civilian drones, which will ban small unmanned aerial vehicles from delivering packages to urban residents, is being drafted by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The news was disclosed by…

GFIA Africa


I look forward to catching up with a few readers this afternoon in Durban where I will be speaking about RPAS regulations in South Africa. With speakers from 27 countries, hear from the world’s leading advocates of climate-smart agriculture and see presentations on some of the most exciting sustainable agriculture innovations boosting productivity in Africa