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Are Drones Living Up to Their Potential in Ag?

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Drones have become a part of our daily lives over the past decade. People use them as toys to take pictures and some industries have started using them for work. In agriculture, drones have become popular, but are they being used to their full potential?

On the Feb. 16 episode of Seed Speaks we’ll be talking with John Scott from Purdue University and Progeny Drone Inc.’s Anthony Hearst. We’ll discuss how the seed world is using drones for research and what opportunities there are for farmers to use them on their farms.

Scott is the Purdue extension coordinator for digital agriculture with the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN). WHIN’s work focuses on further developing the adoption of digital agriculture practices in a 10-county area in northwest Indiana. Scott’s responsible for coordinating and developing extension programs in digital agriculture along with testing new technologies. He also collaborates with Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College faculty and staff on projects relating to digital and precision agriculture.

Hearst is the chief executive officer of Progeny Drone Inc. Progeny Drone Inc. is a startup focused on making stand counts, plant height, normalized difference vegetation index, and other standard agronomic traits faster and more affordable for contract research organizations, seed companies, and other agricultural research organizations. They use low-cost, off-the-shelf drones and standalone, offline software called Plot Phenix. Progeny Drone Inc. works with companies such as Syngenta Australia, Ingredion, Land O’ Lakes, Iowa Crop Improvement Association, Purdue University and Texas A&M University.

Join us on Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. CST on Seed World’s Facebook or YouTube pages to watch the discussion.