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Monday 9th of February 2015
SPECIALIST training in the operation of crop monitoring UAVs is to be offered as a first step towards it becoming common practise for farmers and agronomists to keep a small UAV in the boot of their car ready to assess crops from the air to support agronomic decision-making on a day-to-day basis.
“We’ve been trialling the technology with various companies, to map blackgrass infestations, and lodging in cereals, for example, and plant populations and crop senescence in potatoes, and the time seems to be right to start offering this technology to farmers and agronomists, so they can collect their own data, using their own UAV equipment,” says Keith Geary, founder and managing director of Nottinghamshire-based Low Level Earth Observation Limited.
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The UAV Special Interest Group is working with Harper Adams University College and certification and training provider RTP to develop a training course that could lead to certification and insurance for farmers and agronomists keen to operate their own UAV equipment.