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Ericsson and National Science Foundation’s AERPAW collaborate on 5G drone research to support smart agriculture
sUAS News | 09/13/2022
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and the Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (AERPAW), funded by the National Science Foundation and a consortium of industry partners, have announced a collaboration on advancing the use of 5G for drone operations in support of smart agriculture.
RTK and Drone Mapping: Do You Need It? Is It Worth It?
drone life | 03/20/2022
Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) is a buzz term in the UA industry, one many pilots may not understand, even though they may be "mapping" with an uncrewed aircraft (drone).   When it comes to RTK and drone mapping, how necessary is the technology to a drone services provider?  Will it earn a services provider more money?
The following is a guest post by drone industry veteran Douglas Spotted Eagle, Production and Education Director at Sundance Media Group.  DRONELIFE neither accepts nor makes payment for guest posts.
XAG Delivered the largest Drone Fleet for Agriculture in Ukraine
sUAS News | 02/22/2022
A total fleet of 100 units of drone sprayers has been recently fulfilled by XAG, making it the single largest order of drones for agricultural use in the history of Ukraine. XAG has been working with local businesses to meet the rapidly increasing demand for drone spraying service. The technology is believed to boost crop yields and lower input costs due to high fuel prices. An adequate provision of such autonomous equipment can help farmers better prepare for the upcoming agricultural season.
North Dakota Department of Commerce Awards Grand Farm $10 Million Matching Grant to Advance Autonomous Agriculture Technology
sUAS News | 02/17/2022
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has selected Grand Farm as a recipient of the department's Autonomous Agriculture Technology Matching Grant. 
XAG Launches V40 and P40 Agricultural Drone Globally to Benefit More Farmers
sUAS News | 11/11/2021
XAG, the trailblazers of agriculture robotics and AI, has geared up to launch its V40 and P40 Agricultural Drone globally, bringing digital agriculture into more rural areas with aging populations and weak infrastructure. The XAG V40 and P40 are fully autonomous drones that can conduct mapping, spraying, and broadcast on farm. They are designed in supporting farmers' transition to climate-smart practices, driving greater growth with lower carbon footprints and less agrochemical.
AI-driven drone revolutionizes rice farming; Bayer seeding demo shows
Manila Bulletin | 11/29/2020
Artificial intelligence-driven drone has started revolutionizing Philippines' rice farming n as Bayer Crop Science (BCS) completed a "drone seeding" demonstration in Paniqui, Tarlac that is significantly eliminating costly and time-consuming labor in rice planting.
Chattanooga company using innovative technology to help farms
WRCB-TV | 10/26/2020
A Chattanooga-based company is using satellite technology to help farmers in the Sequatchie Valley.
UW Students Learn How to Operate Drones in New Online Course
University of Wyoming News | 10/26/2020
To meet the growing demand for drone use in business, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees this past summer approved the launch of geospatial information science and technology programs. New programs, which began this fall, are offered in the areas of geographic information system, remote sensing and UAS, better known as drones.
Challenges with imprecision of UAS pesticide applications
NebraskaFarmer | 10/02/2020
The potential uses for drones or unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture have been discussed extensively in the past 10 years. One of the potential uses that hasn't been fully fleshed out in the U.S. is pesticide applications.
UAV company expands footprint in Wichita
High Plains Journal | 08/28/2020
AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc., a provider of UAVs and advanced aerial imagery, data collection and analytics solutions, will locate and expand its manufacturing operations in Wichita, Kansas.
AgEagle Aerial Could Reach New Highs
InvestorPlace | 08/21/2020
On Aug. 14, Kansas-based AgEagle Aerial Systems reported its second-quarter earnings. So far in 2020, UAVS stock has soared 400%. Long-term investors who aren't too risk-averse  may consider buying the shares on weakness.
Drones used for deliveries, agriculture and claims inspections after Cedar Rapids derecho storm
The Gazette | 08/21/2020
Whether it's for examining high-voltage power lines and natural gas pipelines, or seeding and spraying crops in a field, drones are getting a lot of attention, in Iowa and elsewhere.
If You Like Drone Tech, Check Out AgEagle Aerial Systems
InvestorPlace | 07/28/2020
Prior to 2020, AgEagle Aerial Systems was mostly known as an agricultural intelligence company. To be completely honest, UAVS stock wasn't too exciting and the price action was underwhelming. That was then, and this is now as AgEagle has rebranded itself as a company that can do more than provide farming intelligence solutions.
Diagnosing single trees from above
Phys.org | 07/27/2020
Models based on images from unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites can help farmers to monitor the health of individual trees.
Drone on the farm: As rainfall becomes scarce, farmers irrigate crops via unmanned aerial vehicles
Tennessee Tribune | 07/10/2020
Nathan Zecks Mazvazva, a 25-year-old farmer in Zimbabwe, owns nearly 500 acres, growing green beans to green peppers. Simply put, technology—more specifically, drones—is making his livelihood more cost efficient.
Agtegra using UAVs to enhance ag technology
Aberdeen News | 06/22/2020
Farmer-owned grain and agronomy cooperative Agtegra recently improved its ag technology capabilities with a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system.
Legally operating a drone in the agriculture industry
Aberdeen News | 03/20/2020
Drone activity in agriculture continues to increase, and the aerial imagery generated can provide unique insight throughout the crop production season. Over the past decade the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has continued to evolve the requirements for the operation of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS, UAS, UAV or drones) to create a reasonable legal pathway for use in agriculture.
Trends: Slow But Sure
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/18/2020
Drones are becoming critical across precision ag, integrating with other sensors and providing growers with information they didn't have access to before, often in real time. Targeted, automated and varied application possibilities abound, from identifying disease and spotting weeds to recognizing drainage issues to letting farmers know when it's time to harvest.
Public Benefits of Drone Technology
Robotics Tomorrow | 03/18/2020
Drones have become a familiar aspect of our contemporary world. Over the past decade, they've graduated from expensive toys of the rich to affordable items that many of us have the opportunity to experience. They are used in photography and deliveries, and have even become the subject of their own racing events. But drones also have a vital part to play in the public sector. 
Farming With Drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/16/2020
Unmanned aerial vehicles have found use in agriculture for decades, with unmanned helicopters spraying pesticides on rice fields in Japan back in the 1980s. Now, to have drones reach their full potential in farming, research is increasingly pushing toward beyond visual line of sight operations.
New Satellites Could Enable Fast Drone Data Turnaround
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/11/2020
Satellite companies have begun launching thousands of low-orbiting spacecraft built to offer internet connections and streaming media to air passengers, maritime travelers, and people in remote and underserved areas. But the advanced connectivity created by these systems and supported by their target markets can also make it possible for drone operators to quickly transmit, process and return data for the still-nascent agricultural drone sector.
Self-driving cars, aircraft on Oklahoma Capitol minds
The Oklahoman | 03/08/2020
Oklahoma lawmakers appear to be considering this year, for the first time, how the state can play a role in a future autonomous economy. Two proposed measures would encourage testing of autonomous vehicles, one more directly than the other.
A Massive Crop Duster Links East and West
Inside Unmanned Systems | 03/06/2020
Under both Soviet and independent governments, the manufacturer now known as Antonov State Enterprise has produced 22,000 cargo, transport and passenger planes—including the An-225 Mriya, likely the world's biggest and heaviest aircraft. So, perhaps it shouldn't have been surprising when a very large UAV crop duster loomed at the entrance to the floor of the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas.
FAA Proposal Would Ground Drones for Many Farmers, Ranchers
Farm Bureau | 03/04/2020
The Federal Aviation Administration should revamp its drone proposal to provide flexibility to allow farmers and ranchers who cannot access the internet to continue using drones, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Farming with Drones Beyond the Visual Line of Sight
Inside Unmanned Systems | 02/21/2020
Unmanned aerial vehicles have found use in agriculture for decades, with unmanned helicopters spraying pesticides on rice fields in Japan back in the 1980s. Now, to have drones reach their full potential in farming, research is increasingly pushing toward beyond visual line of sight operations.
Could drones save cows?
High Plains Journal | 01/30/2020
A University of Kentucky professor's research is using unamned aerial vehicles to research and monitor the location and health of cows.
Agriculture's big data needs a home to maker greater impacts
Bryan-College Station Eagle | 01/20/2020
A Texas A&M researcher and corn breeder recently called upon the agricultural scientific community to address the lack of plans or infrastructure to catalogue and make agricultural data colleced by drones accessible for future research and synthesis.
DroneUp to provide Alaska with public drone services
GPS World | 01/14/2020
DroneUp LLC and the State of Alaska have signed a Participating Addendum for the NASPO ValuePoint contract for unmanned aerial vehicle services.
Drones effective tools for fruit farmers
Phys.org | 01/06/2020
University of Idaho researchers have been applying UAS technology to the state's fruit industry. The overall goal is to strengthen sustainability and competitiveness of Idaho fruit tree producers.
States now forming agreements with UAS service firms
UAS Magazine | 01/02/2020
Throughout the U.S., partnerships between UAS service providers and state agencies continue to grow, including Huntsville, AL-based UAS company Avion Unmanned has agreed to work with the state of Connecticut.
AeroVironment: Leading A High-Growth Industry
Seeking Alpha | 01/02/2020
The drone market will likely grow exponentially as robotics and artificial intelligence continues to improve. AeroVironment's small unmanned aircraft systems business should drive growth moving forward as small drones become increasingly applicable for military and commercial use.
A Very Merry LiDAR Christmas
Inside Unmanned Systems | 12/24/2019
RedTail LiDAR Systems of Fairmont, West Virginia, recently demonstrated the value of its precision-ag UAS technology by sharing some UAS Christmas spirit with a near neighbor, the Mt. Zion Nursery.
Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land $11M seed round
Tech Crunch | 12/24/2019
Modern agriculture involves fields of mind-boggling size, and spraying them efficiently is a serious operational challenge. Pyka is taking on the largely human-powered spray business with an autonomous winged craft and, crucially, regulatory approval.
Sentera, Anheuser Busch partner for use of drones, ag data
UA Magazine | 12/18/2019
Anheuser Busch InBev is turning to drones to ensure the stability of its barley acres. Through a long-term partnership with Minneapolis-based Sentera, AB InBev will utilize the expertise of Sentera and its understanding of drones, weather data, satellite imagery and mobile phone imagery.
UAVs and Christmas Trees: New Research to Help NC Growers Benefit From Drone Technology
NC State News | 12/17/2019
High-tech tools meet holiday tradition in North Carolina this winter, thanks to a new research partnership that will explore how drone technology can help Christmas tree growers more efficiently measure and manage their unique crop.
Drone technology provider PrecisionHawk raises $32m investment
Aerospace Technology | 12/12/2019
US-based drone technology provider PrecisionHawk has raised $32m in Series E funding round from venture investors.
With drones, Sony continues expansion into ag
UAS Magazine | 12/04/2019
Sony Electronics Inc. has announced a new Version 2.0 update for its Smart Agriculture Solution aimed at providing agricultural customers with new AI-based imaging capabilities.
Robots, drones becoming workhorses for agriculture
High Plains Journal | 11/28/2019
Much of agriculture already is being touched by some form of technology, whether it be sensors on tractors that precisely measure planting and fertilizing rates, or thermal infrared cameras attached to drones that fly above farm fields and detect water or insect stress in crops.
Drones are transforming palm oil plantations
Finance & Commerce | 11/28/2019
Images collected from drones flying to 1,300 feet above Genting's oil palms help the company spot fires in remote and inaccessible areas. It's part of a technology drive catapulting palm oil, the world's most-consumed vegetable oil, from dependence on manual labor to becoming one of the fastest-growing markets for commercial unmanned aircraft.
Drone industry is growing fast to $100 billion by 2020 and $1.5 trillion by 2040
DroneDJ | 11/25/2019
Things are looking up as the drone industry is expected to reach $100 billion by 2020 and even up to $1.5 trillion by 2040 according to Morgan Stanley. Take a look at this six-minute video from CNBC in which David Reid gives a quick update.
Drone Tech Takes Weed Control on the Farm to a New Level
Growing Produce (blog) | 11/22/2019
There has been a lot of buzz about potential uses of drones in agriculture. And, the buzz is growing that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could be deployed in a task that every farmer must contend with — weed management.
Ag Policy Blog: 'Senators Introduce Drone Bill'
DTN The Progressive Farmer | 11/11/2019
Senators Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Thune, R-S.D., and Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, introduced bipartisan legislation last week to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration's chief drone policy committee includes representation for agriculture, forestry and rural America.
New Government Access Can Transform UAS Sector
Unmanned Aerial Online | 10/16/2019
The likelihood of civil governments in all 50 states, District of Columbia and U.S. territories relying on drones to deliver services recently received a significant boost, thanks to an announcement in Virginia last August when the state's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced a groundbreaking contract that will provide state agencies with easier access to drone services with no red tape.
MKC brings state-of-the-art drone tech to Kansas farmers
The Hutchinson (KS) News | 09/19/2019
MKC, a Kansas-based Cooperativ, is flying a fully-automated unmanned aerial vehicle — also known as a drone — on 500 acres just west of Moundridge, Kansas. The drone lives on the farm inside a large box. Right now, there is an engineer monitoring the system, but by the spring of 2020, the system will be able to operate on its own.
How Drones Can Help Lift Biocontrol in Specialty Crops
Growing Produce (blog) | 09/07/2019
California-based drone company Parabug aims to bring about the greater use of augmentative biological control for agricultural pests by using unmanned aerial vehicles — drones — for the rapid and timely dispersal of biologicals.
MSU student uses drone technology to support family farm, soybean research
MSU Today | 09/05/2019
Farming is practically part of Ashley Kuhlman's DNA. But staying current in a rapidly changing industry isn't easy. That's why Kuhlman was so thrilled when her father, Phil, gave her a drone for graduation from the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology, or IAT, program in 2018. Since then, she's been using the drone to take photos of her family's 1,100-acre farm of commercial corn, seed corn and soybean crops, and serving freelance clients.
Unlimited possibilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Salina (KS) Journal | 08/23/2019
Congressmen, aerospace engineers, firefighters, farmers and pilots, among others, converged on Tony's Pizza Events Center on Aug. 21-22 for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Tech Forum.
High-tech pollination program begins work in ND sunflower fields
AgWeek | 08/19/2019
Concerns over honey bee health have led researchers to consider whether technology can play a part in pollination. For some researchers, that means looking into whether technology can replace bees. Harvard researchers have created RoboBees, insect-sized flying robots, and about a year ago, they found ways for the robots to fly untethered from power supplies. Numerous researchers are seeking ways to use tiny drones for means of artificial pollination.

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