Drone program improves agronomic precision

Drones becoming widespread tool for crop health assessment

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new drone initiative at Corteva Agriscience, called Drone Deploy, helps growers locate problem areas in-field early on to assist in maximizing yields. Why it matters: New technologies have to prove themselves and software is making drones more useful each year. Corteva Flight is the first of several software options accessible by Pioneer customers. Dave […] Read more

The Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ is the only fixed-wing drone available to fit with the MicaSense10-band sensor system.

Multi-band imaging system offers more detail

More image bands means more chance of creating a useful data set

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – An imaging system for drones that offers 10 spectral bands has recently been released by MicaSense, a Seattle-based developer of multispectral imaging hardware. The use of additional different red edge bands can enable users to hone in on different plant canopies to get a better idea of what’s going on in that […] Read more

Drones to be tested against Africa’s locust swarms

U.N.'s FAO testing drones to detect, spray pests

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nairobi | Thomson Reuters Foundation — The United Nations is to test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomizers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert locusts that are ravaging crops and exacerbating a hunger crisis. Hundreds of millions of the voracious insects have swept across Ethiopia, Somalia and […] Read more

The U7AG from Forward Robotics Inc. This craft is being designed to address regulatory concerns, while being suitable for larger acreage Canadian farms. According to the company, the craft is priced competitively with an 80-foot pull-type sprayer or in the area of $50,000.

What’s piloting interest in sprayer drones?

Users say flexibility, lower costs are key factors in growing interest despite technological and regulatory limitations

Reading Time: 5 minutes Drones are now being used for spray applications in countries around the world. And while not commercially commonplace in Canada yet, companies and ag-service providers continue investing time and resources in the technology. Despite ongoing technical issues and unanswered practical questions, some think sprayer drones can bring a variety of agronomic, health, and human resource […] Read more

Emmanuel Adou, an Ivorian farmer, looks a drone spraying his oil palm plantation in Tiassale northern Abidjan, Ivory Coast May 21, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/

Researchers work together to find high-tech solutions to deal with hotter climate

Scientists are looking at everything from improved genetics to robots to help farmers maintain productivity as the world heats up

Reading Time: 3 minutes London | Thomson Reuters Foundation – In decades to come, African farmers may pool their money to buy small robot vehicles to weed their fields or drones that can hover to squirt a few drops of pesticide only where needed. Smartphones already allow farmers in remote areas to snap photos of sick plants, upload them […] Read more


A small drone scouts the corn plant population.

What’s new in the world of drone technology?

Machine learning making its way into the drone world

Reading Time: 5 minutes The shock and awe of drones may be less than it was a decade ago, but the agricultural potential of the technology continues to develop. Artificial Intelligence (AI), and a better understanding of scalability give drones and drone operators the ability to gather and usefully interpret field information down to the millimetre level. Why it […] Read more

Deveron’s Matrice drone is used for many agriculture applications.

Deveron predicts continued increase of drones in ag-data use

The Canadian drone company has recently purchased or aligned itself with ag data providers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian agricultural drone service company Deveron UAS hopes recent acquisitions will help it deliver independent data gathering and practical analysis to farmers. Deveron UAS recently acquired Veritas Farm Management, the data analytics arm of South West Ag Partners Inc. David MacMillan, president and chief executive officer for Deveron, says the acquisition, as well as a […] Read more

Transport Canada regulations are not always specific, including how low a drone needs to be before it's considered trespassing.

What to do with a peeping drone

If someone’s invading your airspace it can be trespassing, so call police – but don’t shoot it down

Reading Time: 4 minutes Drones have many practical uses in agriculture, but anecdotes of unknown – and potentially nefarious – unmanned aircraft surveying Ontario farms have prompted questions about the privacy and safety of rural residents and their property. Why it matters: Drones allow farmers to monitor crops, but there are concerns about the autonomous flying machines observing farms […] Read more


Walmart patents hint at future where its drones tend the farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes New York/Chicago | Reuters — Walmart’s patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible. The world’s largest retailer applied for six patents last year on drones […] Read more

Climate Corp. to partner with Canadian drone data firm

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a bid to bring its eye-in-the-sky views of clients’ fields closer to Earth, Monsanto’s Climate Corp. has struck up a partnership with a Canadian drone data provider. Climate on Nov. 15 announced an “official” partnership with Toronto-based Deveron UAS, which operates a fleet of drones serving farm clients across North America, to deliver “advanced” […] Read more