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Out of the Field: How to Measure Grain Stockpiles with a Drone

November 7, 2016

Thanks to some much needed drought busting rains this growing season, we’ve had bountiful crop harvests here in Western Kansas.  With slumping grain prices providing no motivation to sell in the current market conditions, our elevators have a glut of grain on their hands. As per the common practice to deal with overages, area Co-Ops […]

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Dealing with Big Data: How to Keep Drone Imagery Organized

November 7, 2016

If you’ve got anything to do with modern agriculture, then you probably know already that farming now has a whole new way for you to lose sleep with what’s come to be known as “Big Data”. Much of what comes off a drone is raster-based data; some of the biggest data out there.To make matters […]

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Can a Patented Drone Sensor Improve Land Management?

November 7, 2016

In this edition of our Podcast, AgFlyers sits down with Matthew Barre of SLANTRANGE to learn about their recently patented drone sensor technology! Listen to the podcast now, or download and listen out on the tractor later! Have questions for Matt and the SLANTRAGE crew? We’ll be entertaining those in the forums via the link […]

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Commercial Drone Insurance

On the Podcast: Commercial Drone Insurance 101

October 10, 2016

Joining us for this edition of the AgFlyers Podcast is Joe Ernster, Commercial Drone Insurance Broker with the Bullock Agency. The Bullock Agency, based out of St. Charles, Illinois, provides insurance solutions for the aircraft industry, including unmanned systems. A bit of disclosure: The editors at Agflyers are current policyholders and satisfied customers of the […]

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Flying Drones After the Growing Season

UAVs After the Harvest: Flying Drones After the Growing Season

October 10, 2016

You’ve taken great strides in utilizing your UAS to ensure you have a successful crop from infancy to maturity.  You may have leveraged a specialized sensor to gather crop health information, or simply used your multi-rotor to scout your fields for potential problems or infestations.  Whatever the case may be, just because the harvest is […]

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Flying a Drone for Business

Flying a Drone for Business: A Guide for the Agriculture Professional

October 10, 2016

Rewind to 2012: The Curiosity Rover landed on Mars, the Giants swept the Tigers in the World Series, a gallon of gas averaged $3.91 (yikes!), and the Federal Aviation Administration was given a three year deadline to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. As we all know by now, the FAA missed its deadline […]

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The Truth About UAVs: Is a Multirotor or Fixed-wing Drone best?

The Truth About UAVs: Is a Multirotor or Fixed-wing Drone best?

September 5, 2016

When we started in this industry, there was a real push toward fixed-wing aircraft for professional use. Multirotors for the most part were considered niche aircraft for cinematographers and hobbyists. Given the numbers in a recent industry report from DroneDeploy, I’d say it’s safe to say those sentiments have flip-flopped. So is the wing -based […]

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Instant Volumetric Calculation from a Drone flight: Is it Really that Easy?

Instant Volumetric Calculation from a Drone flight: Is it Really that Easy?

September 5, 2016

One of the coolest, most “gee-whizziest” things I like best about using our trusty ol’ Phantom 3 paired with DroneDeploy is the surface modeling and volumetric calculations.  What with all the breathtaking drone-based video out there to view, that may sound kind of odd to some, but over 10 years ago, figuring out volumetric calculations […]

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On the Podcast: Applications for Multispectral Imagery in Agriculture

On the Podcast: Applications for Multispectral Imagery in Agriculture

September 5, 2016

In this edition of our Podcast, AgFlyers sits down with Mike Ritter of SLANTRANGE to understand current UAS sensor technology from the perspective of the manufacturer. SLANTRANGE technology is already providing actionable results for their agronomic customers using visible and near-infrared sensors, but what about thermal imaging? Will we begin to see applications for multispectral […]

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UAS Jobs in Agriculture - Who’s Flying the Drones

UAS Jobs in Agriculture – Who’s Flying the Drones?

August 9, 2016

In this edition of the AgFlyers Podcast, Curt and Beau talk with Markus Weber of Landview, an agriculture-focused UAS sales and service provider in Edmonton, Alberta.  Farm operators, agronomists, and aerial service providers have each shown interest in flying unmanned aircraft systems as part of their business model. Does one profession best lend itself to […]

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