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

George Madjitey, the chief executive officer of GEM Industrial Solutions, demonstrates how a drone works in Asutsuare village, Ghana, August 2, 2019.

Drones helping farmers control pests, and keep kids in school

In addition to helping farmers map fields and fertilize more efficiently, they also annoy pests

Reading Time: 3 minutes Thomson Reuters Foundation – Ephraim Kofi Kenney does not like to work in the fields scaring pests away. But today he must. A flock of migratory birds has repeatedly invaded his parents’ rice plot outside Accra, Ghana’s capital, and the 16-year-old has been tasked with keeping the invaders away from the young crop. If he […] 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