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VIDEO: Boldly spraying where no one’s sprayed before?

ROGA Drone wants to swoop onto the crop spray market with an autonomous UAV

Started as a company in 2017, ROGA Drone is one of the new players in the UAV market, and Don Campbell believes there’s an untapped market in Western Canada for UAVs to spray insecticide. His flight plan? The Kray drone. The Kray drone is a fixed wing UAV using eight rotors to keep it airborne,

Matthew Johnson, founder of M3 Aerial Productions, poses with his fixed-wing drone, one of several his company uses to provide drone services to farmers since the agricultural branch of his company launched last year.

Tighter drone regs affect agricultural use

Restrictions to within nine kilometres of an ‘aerodrome’ affect much of agricultural Manitoba

Assiniboine Community College’s agribusiness program has grounded most drone flights while professors sort through new regulations around their operation. The new Transport Canada rules released March 16 limit recreational drones between 250 grams and 35 kilograms to within 90 metres of the ground, at least 75 metres away from structures, people or vehicles, to daylight


An unmanned aerial vehicle is used to check a wheat crop.


Is a drone right for your farm?

Uses can include evaluating plant stands, crop scouting and locating and counting livestock

Along with my agribusiness class, I watched, in considerable awe, the beautiful video images of the fields and facilities of a local seed company as they were projected on the classroom screen. The soundless video showed crystal-clear footage taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also called a drone. Two decades previously, my family received

Australia is finding high-tech solutions are going to take an educated workforce.

Australia is a leader in high-tech agriculture

The country seeks to plug its shortage in 
rural labour with technology solutions

Parts of Australia’s farming industry are rushing to recruit a new generation of tech-savvy graduates as the sector swaps its bucolic past for a future of drones, robots and automated sensors. The push comes as cutting-edge machinery is used to plug a labour shortage on the nation’s remote farms that threatens to derail its ambitions

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles offer great promise, but aren’t going to replace old-fashioned scouting just yet.

Boots on the ground must support scouting technology

The existing technology can detect variation in a field, but not why that variation exists

There’s no shortage of technology available to help researchers, agronomists, and farmers scout their fields. From satellite imagery and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to smartphone apps, there are plenty of tools out there. Just don’t expect them to replace boots on the ground any time soon. The limitation of current remote-sensing technology, such


A new deal gives John Deere customers access to drone imagery.

Aerial imagery deal signed

Two Manitoba companies are major players in the new venture

A Manitoba-based John Deere dealership has inked a deal to give customers access to drone services that can generate images used to help make decisions about land and water management. Enns Brothers joins Saskatchewan-based Western Sales in linking up with Green Aero Tech last month. Green Aero Tech was founded in 2012 in the Red

M3 Aerial’s fixed-wing AgEagle RX60 UAV.

Supporting boots on the ground with an eye in the sky

Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association looks to complement its 
Green Gold central testing program with drone data

After 20 years of relying on clipping samples for its Green Gold program, Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association (MFGA) is bringing in the air force. It’s recently begun investigating the addition of drone imagery to predict the optimum window to harvest alfalfa. “We are continuing to grow our Green Gold program in all ways possible,”

Drone regulations coming

Farmers will need an operating permit

Farmers and other commercial users of drones should begin now to secure the required Transport Canada authorization for operating the unmanned air vehicles they use for scouting fields, crops and livestock. Drone licensing has become a hot ticket item in recent months because of the growing recreational interest in flying the units, said Natasha Gauthier,


KAP doesn’t want new UAV regs to unnecessarily ground farmers

Dan Mazier agrees safety is important, but in wide-open rural areas Transport Canada’s 
regulations need to be flexible enough to reflect the reduced risk of flight mishaps

Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, need regulation to ensure safety but the rules shouldn’t be so onerous as to prevent farmers from flying them, says Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Dan Mazier “KAP would like dialogue before they (Transport Canada) make regulations,” Mazier said in an interview Sept. 3. “If they are

Jeffery Kostuik (centre), diversification specialist with Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation, demonstrated his SenseFly eBee fixed-wing drone at the Westman Agriculture Diversification Organization’s (WADO) field day in Melita on July 21.

Taking flight on crop surveillance

Drones offer farmers a number of options in monitoring fields 
but it still doesn’t beat boots on the ground

Far more complex than yesterday’s remote-control planes, the modern-day drone has a lot to offer today’s producer. “As far as data collection, these are really useful. We are figuring that we can make use of them for a number of things, including determining crop health and monitoring maturity,” said Jeffery Kostuik, diversification specialist with Parkland