AeroVironment donates drones to 35 universities to advance UAV work in farming

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AeroVironment has announced its 2019 Quantix and AV DSS University Collaboration Project.

The concept has been set up to advance academic research, applications and crop production practices to improve the future of farming through the use of UAS and advanced data analytics.

For the project, AeroVironment has donated 87 Quantix hybrid drone and AV DSS ecosystems to the agricultural departments of 35 universities throughout the U.S., including Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Cornell University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of Florida, University of Georgia, North Dakota State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and many others.

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Participating universities will therefore be able to employ AeroVironment’s Quantix hybrid drone and AV DSS data analytics platform in a variety of in-field trials, application usage studies and precision agriculture systems research covering areas such as crop nutrient and input management, artificial intelligence for detecting weeds, pests and diseases, and improved accuracy of crop yield prediction.

It is hoped that participating universities will share their experience, along with use-case insights that can improve in-field performance and advance the adoption of drone-based technologies for the agriculture industry.

Commenting on the work, Professor Quirine Ketterings of Cornell University, said: “Working with the team at AeroVironment moved our drone-based agriculture research forward beyond what we could have done otherwise.”

Adding: “Ultimately, our goal is to develop accurate corn yield predictions based on in-season nitrogen applications to achieve an optimal economic return for the producer.”

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