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NUAIR Alliance Explores UAS Agricultural Applications

May 15, 2015

The demand for analyzing agriculture from a bird’s-eye view is changing the way American farmers prepare, plant and manage their crops. The NUAIR Alliance is working with companies, universities and scientists to transform farming of the future. Low-flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) offer many benefits to precision agriculture, a farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to plants. Using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to identify the location of each image, precision agriculture is getting more exact. Providing the farm manager with real-time data collection is paramount to helping farmers with better crop rotation, water management and use of pesticides.

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The NUAIR Alliance recently hosted an event to educate New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) use in agriculture. Assemblyman Brindisi, of Utica, has been instrumental in providing state funding to NUAIR. Presenters included: Vivien Dubreuil, chief executive officer of Flyterra, which plans to expand its agricultural development of UAS through the Griffiss International Airport test site; Dr. Elson Shields of Cornell University, which is using UAS in agricultural research; and a demo of the Lockheed Martin Indago small UAS, which could be used in agriculture settings.