Added by on 2017-07-07

Drones can have a significant impact in the agriculture industry by reducing costs and increasing production leading to improved food security. Austin Deardorff, Co-founder of Aerial Agriculture, graduated from Libertyville High School in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He came to Purdue in 2012 to complete his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is expecting to graduate in Spring 2017. He has previously worked for Zimmer Biomet, a company which manufactures biomedical devices such as knee and hip replacements, before starting his own company. In May 2015, Austin co-founded Aerial Agriculture LLC to revolutionize the agriculture industry by building drones in-house to capture specialized multispectral images of the entire crop fields. This technology helps reduce farming-related costs while increases agricultural production. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at Use of Drone in Agriculture From driverless tractors to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), farming technology is rapidly evolving. Farmers can use drones to identify specific plants that are diseased or infested with bugs, to save water and resources, and to get a bird’s-eye view of their crops.Drones are heavily regulated, but Michigan native Jason Hugo, owner/operator of goFarm LLC, has received an exemption from the FAA, allowing him to fly commercially. Raised on a crop farm in Linwood in Bay County, Hugo is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and goFarm’s technology to measure and identify plant disease, nutrient, and water pressure to create accurate insights farmers can use to improve their yields and lower their costs. Analysis of data captured from the aerial imagery also factors into precision agriculture practices which benefit the environment, such as applying inputs only where needed and, in turn, reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals. for more videos […]

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