Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

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Using Drones for Early Season Stand Assessment, Weed Scouting April 26, 2018

A new Nebraska Extension NebGuide, Getting Started with Drones in Agriculture, covers how to integrate drones into crop management systems. It addresses drone types and sensor options, outlines a workflow for a drone-mapping project, and shares case studies of how farmers are using drones. Two examples — taking stand counts and scouting for weeds — are also described.

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How University Ag Researchers, Extension are Wrangling Big Data February 2, 2018

Farmers get bits of data, layers of data, in fact so much data it can be hard to interpret and use to make relevant farm management decisions. Read how faculty in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources are helping farmers understand and use all kinds of big data to aid management decisions.

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Figure 1. Yeyin Shi, new Nebraska Extension agricultural systems information specialist in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, uses a hybrid drone with rotary wings for vertical takeoff as well as featues of fixed wing drone that allows for a gliding flight style.
Figure 1. Yeyin Shi, new Nebraska Extension agricultural systems information specialist in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, uses a drone with hybrid features including rotary wings for vertical takeoff and featues of a fixed wing drone that allows for a gliding flight style.

Learn How to Get Started with Drones at the NCMC this January December 13, 2017

“Getting Started with Drones in Agriculture” is one of 27 sessions being offered at the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Jan. 24-25 in Kearney. These presentations are part of Nebraska Extension Specialist Yeyin Shi's work to research drone use and aid farmers integrating drones for scouting and many types of plant and field assessment.

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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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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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