Unmanned Aircraft Research Team: (left to right) Joe Luck, Christopher Neale, Wayne Woldt, George Meyer, Derek Hereen, Yufeng Ge, (inset) Eric Frew

Drones Buzzing Toward Increased Crop Production

October 18, 2017
A new research project funded by a $500,000 USDA grant and support from the University's Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute seeks to deploy unmanned aircraft (drones) in search of improved crop irrigation efficiency. The project will conduct regular drone flights throughout the season, using advanced remote sensing systems and in-field sensors to collect data.

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Figure 1. Data collected by the multispectral sensor on this drone will be used to direct in-season nitrogen fertilizer applications, part of a producer research project funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. (Photos by Laura Thompson)
Figure 1. Data collected by the multispectral sensor on this drone will be used to direct in-season nitrogen fertilizer applications, part of a producer research project funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. (Photos by Laura Thompson)

SARE Grant Aids Farmer in Using Drones to Test N Applications

October 2, 2017
Dean Stevens well knows the value of getting a bird’s-eye view of his crops to assess plant health, wind damage, and pest threats. Now, with the support of an NCR SARE grant, this southeast Nebraska farmer is using a drone outfitted with crop sensors to assess corn nitrogen needs and respond with variable rate in-season applications.

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Market Journal on Cover Crops and Weed Control, Drones, and Making Silage

September 8, 2017
View segments from the Sept. 8 Market Journal, including one with Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Rodrigo Werle on cover crops and weed control.

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Precision Ag Training Aug. 2 - Learn How to Optimize Your Tech

July 21, 2017

 Utilizing precision ag technologies effectively can streamline production efficiencies. Attend Nebraska Extension’s Aug. 2 Precision Ag Clinic to view field demonstrations and learn more about how to collect and decipher your data.

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Extension Home Study Course Prepares Drone Pilots for Exam

April 25, 2017

If you are interested in earning your Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate so that you can fly unmanned aircraft (drones) for commercial purposes, a new Nebraska Extension home study course will be of interest to you.

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Program on Drones in Ag April 6 in Harrisburg

March 20, 2017

A roundtable discussion and demonstration designed to inform agriculture producers of opportunities to use drone technology in their operations is scheduled for April 6 at Harrisburg. The program will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Banner County Museum.

Speakers and topics will include:    

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(From left) Matt Headrick, George Meyer and Wayne Woldt conduct a preflight check on an unmanned aircraft system.
(From left) Matt Hedrick, George Meyer and Wayne Woldt conduct a preflight check on an unmanned aircraft system.

Nebraska Extension Offers Training on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

November 9, 2016
If you're interested in incorporating unmanned aircraft systems into your business operations and agricultural enterprises, learn more at this Nebraska Extension continuing education training, Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Workshops will be held at five sites in November

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George Meyer, left, and Wayne Woldt complete a preflight check on the Tempest unmanned aircraft. Both are professors in the UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering.
George Meyer, left, and Wayne Woldt complete a preflight check on the Tempest unmanned aircraft. Both are professors in the UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering.

UNL Professor Recognized for Resources on Unmanned Aerial Systems for Ag

August 17, 2016
UNL Professor Wayne Woldt looks at opportunities for using unmanned aircraft in agriculture and receives the Presidential Citation from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The series looks at UAS (drones) and their potential uses in agriculture, as well as challenges, rules and regulations.

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