Kellogg’s is trialling DroneAg’s scouting platform as part of its Origins project, a community of grain farmers across Europe put together for sustainable and natural farming practices.
The cereal giant says it wants the partnership with DroneAg to further push boundaries and assess if greater efficiency can be brought into crop analysis and inputs at the farm level using drone technology.
As part of the efforts in the UK, a drone is being shared with a small group of Origins farmers in the Northampton area and DroneAg’s new software, Skippy Scout, will be put to the test in its final stages of development.
The software is currently still in a trial phase and the farmers will be assessing its usability and feeding back images and data to DroneAg to guide future software interaction and to help train the AI to better analyse inputted imagery.
Potential benefits of the trial have been outlined, including more accurate crop data enabling farmers to make informed decisions about crop health and nutrient management.
This is as well as an optimised use of farm inputs reducing cost and the impact of inputs on the environment.
Duncan Rawson, Origins project manager, said: “Initial training with the drone went well and we are excited at the prospect of working with DroneAg to help our farmers reach their goals of sustainable systems, alongside efficient premium grain production.”
Drone Ag is currently developing the first full commercial version for next season.
Founder of Drone Ag, Jack Wrangham, added: “We built this as a simple and practical solution to help farmers become more efficient and ultimately help make farming more sustainable. Working with the Origins farmers and Kellogg’s will help us to do that, getting vital feedback on the Skippy app as we develop the next phase.”