Kellogg’s Origins farmers trial Drone Ag’s scouting platform

Sustainable agriculture and cutting-edge technology are key elements of the Kellogg’s Origins project and a new partnership with DroneAg aims to further push boundaries and assess if greater efficiency can be brought into crop analysis and inputs at the farm level using drone technology.

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 this trial include:

·        More accurate crop data enabling farmers to make informed decisions about crop health and nutrient management

·        Optimised use of farm inputs reducing cost and the impact of inputs on the environment

Commenting 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 are currently developing the first full commercial version for next season.

Jack Wrangham, founder of Drone Ag, said, ‘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.’

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.