UAVs Land in Des Moines at Iowa Power Farming Show

The Iowa Power Farming Show, presented by Farm Credit Services of America and AgDirect, is known for showcasing the latest technology in agriculture and this year is no exception. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is an exciting frontier. Seven UAV companies will display their products and services this year. There are two plane-type UAVs: AgEagle and Sensefly, and three helicopter-type UAVs: Crop Copter, Precision Drone and TopGan Drone. In addition, Aerofarming LLC and Birdseye Farming will be showcasing their aerial drone scouting services.

UAVs are the new form of crop scouting. Equipped with a camera and the correct software on the ground, UAVs give growers and scouters the ability to check crop health from the air at an efficient rate. Software on the ground can stitch aerial shots into a high-resolution mosaic map that can be used to make better crop management decisions.

UAVs can provide farmers with two types of detailed views. First, seeing a crop from the air can reveal patterns that expose everything from irrigation and fertilizer problems to soil variations and even pest and fungal infestations that are not apparent at eye-level. Second, cameras can take multispectral images (infrared and visual spectrum) which can be combined to create a view of the crop that highlights the difference between healthy and distressed plants.

UAVs will also be featured in the educational opportunities at the show. Dr. Lynn Brien, AgPixel will present “Aerial Imagery and Data Product Solutions to Benefit Growers” on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Room 311 and Kristen Tidgren, ISU Center for Agriculture Law and Taxation will present “Drones & Big Data in Ag: A Legal Perspective” on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in seminar Room 311 at the west end of the Convention Center.

Aerofarming LLC (Booth 400), AgEagle (Booth 219), Birdseye Farming (Booth 117), Crop Copter (Booth 701), Precision Drone (Booth 110) and TopGan Drone (Booth 407) are located in the Convention Center ballroom. Sensefly (Booth 4146) can be found at the Wells Fargo Arena concourse.

The Iowa Power Farming Show, the third largest indoor farm show in the United States, runs from February 2-4, 2016, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. This year the show is sponsored by:
Diamond Sponsor – Farm Credit Services of America & AgDirect; Platinum Sponsor – AgLeader; and Gold Sponsors – Bayer CropScience, Mitas, Stine Seed and Sukup.