Drone Energy

Drone technology is more than cool… It has a lot of different agricultural uses, or potential uses.  Flying the drone has become a hobby that connects my farm family in a new, cool and engaging way.

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My parents have always been early adopters of technology - from being the first family in our area with a bag cell phone to now doing variable rate granular fertilizer applications, they have been eager to try new things.  I chose a university with a technology focus and then as a teacher, my instruction was technology rich. My parents really inspired and encouraged me to invest in a drone and start flying. My Dad gave me the technical know-how to get up in the air and after that the inspiration to continue comes from what I get to see!

When I fly, I can literally see for miles and look around at the fruits of our labour.  I can watch a crop grow and develop in a whole new way, which brings a whole new perspective to the amazing power, and beauty, of Nature.

And, then the energy is contagious…

  • My husband can scout fields differently

  • My girls know about drones before they are even in school

  • My sister makes crop production videos to share on YouTube

  • My nephews are pumped because they get to be involved with the farm in a modern way

  • My neighbour stops by to see what we are doing

  • A friend asks questions about a video we posted on social media

  • A follower tells me how to correct my shot exposure

And all of a sudden, a little drone flight creates a LOT of positive energy and ag-inspiration, for me and for a lot of other people too!

So maybe, in this case, flying actually helps me to showcase how I am #RootedInAg and #FlyingHigh at the same time.  Pretty cool!

Global Big Data Conference: Precision Ag

It's presentation day @ the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence!  One of my favorite videos is today's because I just read this fun stat in the January, 2018 issue of Canola Digest that only 15% of farmers are using precision agriculture.  

This video shows how Deer Creek Farms of Morden, Manitoba got started in Precision Agriculture, and the results it had on the 2017 Canola harvest.  If you enjoy the video, please share it on Facebook or Twitter.  If you have your own precision ag story that you'd be willing to share with us please comment below or send us an e-mail.