Agco has announced the arrival of the Solo Agco Edition Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Utilizing intuitive mission planning and cloud-based, high-resolution mapping software, the UAV is easy to use and can increase farmers’ efficiency. With the Solo, farmers don’t have to wait for satellite imaging and they can avoid scouting the fields by foot or vehicle.
The Solo provides operators with hardware, software, service and support all in one package. The UAV can fly in up to 25 mph winds and has a max speed of 55 mph. Each fully charged, smart battery is capable of covering up to 60 acres, depending on conditions and user-defined settings, with an average flight time of 20 minutes. The kit comes with four batteries, providing the ability to scout up to 240 acres in one trip.
The solo is built on 3D Robotics Solo platform and is designed to evolve. The UAV utilizes a three-axis Solo Gimbal, accessory bay and swappable motor pods, allowing for easy integration of future technology and features.
It’s equipped with auto takeoff and landing, as well as emergency in-air brake and return-to-home features. The product includes in-app training and configurable settings in order to accommodate varying operator skill levels.
The kit includes two cameras, customized for aerial imaging – an RGB camera for color imaging and a near-infrared camera for monitoring photosynthetic activity, or plant health. These cameras, paired with the included one year of Agribotix imaging software, produce high-resolution Orthomosaics, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, and Field Health and Management Zone maps to provide farmers insight into their fields and help them find potential yield-limiting problems early.
Image processing history, maintained in the cloud, allows for comprehensive field condition comparison, making it easier to have precise placement of fertilization and irrigation resulting in improved yields. Live flight data – including the battery life, altitude and distance from home – are all streamed to the operator’s controller for real-time flight control.
It’s available exclusively to customers in the U.S. through Agco Parts and North American Agco Parts dealers.