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    “The state of the art used to be to stand up on a step stool and estimate how much the corn crop is damaged,” reminded Dr. Philip Ferguson, vice president of product development at PrecisionHawk, which is based in North Carolina.
    In Holland, farmers have used drones to dramatically boost yields. In Japan, autonomous helicopters handle crop dusting. In South America, seed companies use drones to monitor test plots.

    In the U.S., though, the FAA has granted only a small number of exemptions for commercial drones. The Small UAV Coalition says the American agriculture and other industries deserve to have the same opportunity to take advantage of drones as the rest of the world:

    What do you think? Is it time to let the drone industry take flight or should the FAA keep it grounded for now?

  • #2
    In Mexico it appears pharmers are using drones for something other than boosting yields.

    Drug-laden drone crashes near US-Mexico border

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot. Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said authorities were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico's border with California.

    Six packets of the drug, weighing more than six pounds, were taped to the six-propeller remote-controlled aircraft. Morrua said authorities are investigating where the flight originated and who was controlling it. He said it was not the first time they had seen drones used for smuggling drugs across the border.

    Other innovative efforts have included catapults, ultralight aircraft and tunnels.

    In April, authorities in South Carolina found a drone outside the fence of a prison that had been carrying cellphones, marijuana and tobacco.

    Wait, South Carolina isn't in Mexico. Drones sure are handy.


    • #3
      The hunting season may be something of interest here....the one I'm getting familiar with has a top speed/calm conditions of 40 mph..shot guns only!

      6 pounds is more than the 4 prop unit can lift...getting interesting!


      • #4
        My 9 Year Old Grandson regularly flies his Phantom Quad for recreational purposes here. Always enjoy seeing the pictures he takes maneuvering over the corn and beanfields improving his flying skills.

        My wife is considering delivering sandwiches during planting season to the field with ours.
        Last edited by db51; 02-03-2015, 08:15 AM.


        • #5
          here is a new twist to the drone OK has put forth a bill to make it legal to shot a drone down over your land if you did not authorize its use there I just love the way some of thease Senators think--------------------------------dave


          • #6
            I like the idea of pizza/ beverage delivery...besides wt. limitations, an in flight "fueling" system will now need to be developed
            for harvesting and planting equipment..
            NO problem with sprayers, they stop when the wind comes up! LMAO

            They aren't migratory, don't have feathers, @ cruising speed of 40mph is like a few other 2 legged birds that aren't protected
            Rather concerned about when the old man in the community is concentrating inside the cab during harvest, spraying, or planting,
            and one of those critters goes by about windshield level....I do know a couple people who just can't wait to see the air between
            my butt and the


            • #7
              BTW...Manhattan/K-state-Salina now has a flight program for licensing AUV's "pilots"/controllers for commercial flying.


              • #8
                I like Oklahomas take on it-------------------dave


                • #9
                  Some place, Wyoming or Montana maybe, a mayor of a town was attempting to establish a season for hunting and shooting drones...the wildlife dept was
                  threatening fines for any shot or downed drones, maybe they are guilty until proven otherwise...


                  • #10

                    Full drone service for agriculture to launch in U.S., Canada

                    Feb 25, 2015 Source: PrecisionHawk Farm Industry News

                    A large-scale drone program for farming will launch through a partnership between PrecisionHawk and Agri-Trend.
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                    PrecisionHawk and Agri-Trend announced today that they will partner to offer PrecisionHawk’s UAV data collection, sensing and analysis tools to farmers in the U.S. and Canada through Agri-Trend, a network of agricultural coaches. The partnership represents the first large-scale drone program for farming in the U.S.

                    This year, the partnership will offer UAV services throughout regions of Canada using trained individuals with the objective to roll out a full commercialization service model in 2016.

                    PrecisionHawk unmanned aerial systems will collect the data, and Agri-Trend will offer the data management side to help growers understand and apply the data to their decision making processes throughout the growing season.

                    “Scaling comes from things being seamless and simple. It is our belief that to reach true field level value, these products need to be captured and delivered cost effectively through automated processes, on-board UAV intelligence, and by many different individuals, including both Coaches and Farmers,” said Rob Saik, Agri-Trend Founder and CEO, in a release.

                    The integration of PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper cloud-based storage system into the Agri-Data Solution Platform will be optimized in the first phase. This DataMapper/Agri-Data integration will allow farmers to aggregate and analyze data coming from a multitude of sources in order to make better decisions more quickly and efficiently. The expectation is to provide growers with full integration of orders, delivery and processing from a range of UAV platforms in 2016.

                    “This relationship combines the best aerial and software data technology to provide Agri-Trend farmers with next-generation data products that extend far beyond a traditional NDVI,” said Christopher Dean, PrecisionHawk CEO, in the release.

                    As part of the partnership, Agri-Trend will offer PrecisionHawk’s UAV platform, suite of sensors and Data Software and Data Mapper, to its corporate partners, consultants and coaches.