PrecisionHawk and Agri-Trend on Wednesday announced a partnership to offer PrecisionHawk's leading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle data collection, sensing and analysis tools to farmers across the U.S. and Canada through the Agri-Trend SkyScout Program.
In 2015, the partnership will offer UAV services throughout regions of Canada using trained individuals with the objective to roll out a full commercialization service model in 2016.
The integration of DataMapper into the Agri-Data Solution Platform will be optimized in the first phase, a company statement said. This DataMapper/Agri-Data integration will allow farmers to aggregate and analyze data coming from a multitude of sources. The expectation is to provide growers with full integration of orders, delivery and processing from a range of UAV platforms in 2016.
"So often we hear, how can drone technology actually improve agriculture?" said PrecisionHawk CEO Christopher Dean. "This relationship combines the best aerial and software data technology to provide Agri-Trend farmers with next-generation data products that extend far beyond a traditional NDVI."
The collaboration between Agri-Trend and PrecisionHawk will ensure that additional products are being continually developed and integrated to provide users with the most intuitive Aerial Data, agronomy solution on the market, the statement said.
"The partnership includes a number of important firsts around the intersection of agriculture and drone technology," Dean said. "As the first large-scale, agricultural drone program roll-out in North America, aerial data will be seamlessly captured by PrecisionHawk systems and transformed into meaningful data products inside the Agri-Data system for application by the end grower."
As part of the partnership, Agri-Trend will offer PrecisionHawk's UAV platform, suite of sensors and data software to its corporate partners, consultants and coaches.