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07.17.2014

AGCHAT PODCAST 0001 – IS THERE VALUE IN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES IN AGRICULTURE?

Conversation with Jenny Schweigert, Brian Scott, and John Blue about unmanned aerial systems [audio]. Note audio is a bit off in terms of quality, we had some tech hurdles, we’re working through these.

  • What’s the name of these things? Drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), model airplanes, what?
  • Until new legislation comes out in 2015 there are some legal limits to the use of UAS technology. Tell us about those limits and can UAS’s be used successfully within the current law?
  • Although the technology is available, there are barriers to using unmanned aerial systems. What are those barriers and how can we overcome them? (ie public trust in using drones in agriculture due to privacy issues, etc..)
  • There seems to be some confusion on how farmers can access the technology. What are the available methods and/or services? F/U Pro’s and con’s. (looking for differences between purchasing your own equipment such as the Phantom II versus hiring a company like Precision Hawk which charges for data storage).
  • You’ve recently purchased your own UAShow will the technology fit into your disease, weed and insect management program?
  • What expenses are involved in purchasing your own UAS? (Phantom II, GoPro, gimble, infrared, etc… – talk about what is needed vs optional/nice to have)

Reminder:

  • AgChat Feb 11, 2014, 8-10pm ET is on the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture.

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