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Drone data firm invests in precision ag analytics

Southwestern Ontario crop input retailer and grain handler South West Ag Partners has made a deal to sell its precision agriculture analytics business to an expansion-minded drone data provider. Toronto-based Deveron UAS announced Aug. 28 it will trade a 9.9 per cent share of its business plus $320,000 cash for South West Ag’s Veritas Farm […] Read more

Drones certainly take stunning pictures – like this one from a wheat harvest – but Bruce Farms has moved beyond the “fun factor” and learned how to make money off the unmanned aerial devices, says Mike Barrett.

Still just taking pretty pictures? Drones could be making you money

It’s taken a while but more and more producers are 
discovering ways to boost their profits with drones

Mike Barrett was trying to find a practical use for a pricey toy when he decided to fly his drone over his feedlot to count his cattle. That was when his purchase paid off. “With the average gain of the cattle, we easily paid for the drone in the first year that we counted that […] Read more


The big payback from drones will come when software can analyse data and recommend practical, effective remedies, says Markus Weber of LandView Drones.

The last big challenge for drones

Advanced technology to spot disease, pest, and health issues early on is already here — 
but using that data still has many challenges

Sure, drones are cool and all. But when it comes to your farm, it’s all about the data they gather — and figuring out how to use all that info. “Ultimately, that is what’s going to change the way we manage our crops, by giving us better information about them,” Markus Weber, president of Edmonton-based […] Read more