With all of the news ab out precision farming, it is easy to get lost in the headlines of product offerings. Over the summer we received dozens of news release on new apps, modems, management information systems and cloud-based data sharing centers.
There are many companies offering such products, but to narrow it down, we’ll focus on just the new ones being offered by the “Big 3” Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs: John Deere, CNH and Agco.
Here’s a roundup.
Call them what you will – drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – this innovative technology has caused waves of excitement in agriculture in the past few years, and FAA has picked up the pace on establishing guidelines for use....More
Drones switched from becoming a gee-whiz gadget to a technology that has become part of our ag fabric last week when the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announced it has formed a technical committee to study this emerging technology....More
The InfoAg conference in St. Louis this July was a mecca of the latest in precision ag technology. Speakers delivered bright ideas and innovative thoughts on the future, and tradeshow vendors offered up the newest products and services.
Mitchell and Zach Fiene are cofounders of DMZ Aerial, an ag tech consulting firm that that offers scouting services and data management. They also sell their own propriety line of drones and have recently branched out into other technologies including sensors, beacons, and data management devices.
As you know, UAVs offer an easy way to keep an eye on extensive assets. They're useful for farmers gathering data on their fields, but they've also helped other industries that operate mostly in rural areas. Oil & gas companies, for instance, are using UAVs to inspect and monitor the pipelines and facilities that they use to transport oil and gas over long distances.
While adapting UAV technology, these companies have had some successes (and run into a few challenges) that may be familiar to you....More
While doing some background research for a robotics story I’m working on for our August issue, I came across an article by Frank Tobe that I wanted to share. Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, which happens to be a goldmine of information on robotics.
His most recent post on 06/27/15 is headlined: “As Google cars roll out, Deere reminds us of thousands of their self-driving tractors,” in which he makes reference to Google’s sending 25 new self-driving cars onto streets this summer....More
Over 40 university and corporate partners including Texas A&M and Mississippi State University are providing analysis products for the marketplace. Additionally, PrecisionHawk’s acquisition of satellite data provider TerraServer will allow marketplace users to link satellite and drone data to observe change over time....More
Whenever I read about autonomous cars and how they are projected to disrupt the auto market by 2025, I’m left to wonder about the benefits of autonomous vehicles. In farm vehicles like tractors, combines, and self-propelled sprayers, I get it. Making them autonomous can reduce labor costs, make farm work easier, make crop input application more accurate, and reduce fuel costs by finding the shortest path and the tractor settings’ sweet spot....More