​​UAV Use in Agriculture: Practical, Legal, and Technological Considerations

December 2016 | 44 min., 52 sec.
by Austin Bontrager
Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services

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Summary

​This presentation gives growers and crop consultants a thorough update and overview of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and their impact on decision making in the field and beyond. This discussion particularly focuses on the benefits and issues of importance related to aerial imaging and unmanned aerial systems. Topics include legal implications, commercial restrictions, a comparison of multi-rotor vs. fixed wing aircraft, considerations for buying visual imaging equipment, collecting and interpreting imagery, and more.

About the Presenter

Austin BontragerAustin Bontrager grew up in the small community of Aurora, Nebraska, and got his undergraduate degree in Environmental Soil Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He went to Kansas State University to get his Master’s degree in Agronomy, with his thesis project focused on using GIS to predict soil loss due to erosion. He also got his certification to teach high school science at K-State, and went on to teach three years of Astronomy, Geology, and Physics at Wamego High School in Kansas. Austin started working for Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services LLC in May 2015. He helps research and evaluate new technologies in agriculture, as well as providing education and technical support for STEPS services like soil moisture monitoring, aerial imagery, and in-field profit mapping.​

Contact Information:
Email: austin.bontrager@servitech.com

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