Tour at UAV Demos

Monday Tour Details

The pre-conference tour will be Monday, July 22, 2019. The tour will leave Union Station at 9:00am and return by approximately 5:00pm. Check-in for the tour will be in the Hotel Atrium (inside the west door of the north side of the building). Check-in will open at 7:30am Monday. The tour will leave the hotel promptly at 9:00am. Please check in early.
The tour will visit two locations featuring a wide range of technology, see more about the stops below.
Bus transportation, lunch, and beverages will be provided. ATTENDEE NOTE: Late July is a very hot and humid time of the year for St. Louis. Please dress for the weather including comfortable shoes (No open toe, sandals or flip flops) as there are uneven walking surfaces with some possible slip/trip hazards.

Morning Stop: America's Central Port

Transporting a value of $1.1B+ in freight annually, with access to six Class-I railroads, 30 miles of rail, two multi-modal harbors, warehousing, and 100 acres of development-ready land, America's Central Port is one of the largest freight hubs in the Midwest. - The tour includes a guided drive around the 1,200 acre property, demonstrating the many transportation opportunities found at America's Central Port and the sheer strategic advantage of our harbors and location based attributes. Some of the things you can look forward to seeing include: 

  • The Madison Harbor - Finished in 2015, this multi-modal harbor serves as the Northernmost lock and ice-free port on the Mississippi River, and has transloading capabilities for liquid, dry, and containerized bulk shipments. 
  • The Granite City Harbor & Chain of Rocks Canal - This 1 mile notch sees everything from asphalt, to steel, to grain, and other commodities transloaded by rail, truck and barge, on a daily basis. (river level permitting) 
  • 2 Million sq.ft. Warehouse District​This area of the property consists of five 259,200 sq.ft. warehouses, open sheds, and bulk storage buildings originally owned and operated by the former Melvin Price U.S. Army Logistics Base. Each space is rail-served, with access to a 24/7 short line operator. 

For more information, you can check out the piece Channel 9 ran on us for their Living St. Louis show early this past May:

Afternoon Stop: Outdoor Demonstrations

Our afternoon stop will be for outdoor demonstrations include an array of vendors including UAV flight demonstrations. 

Tarmac Demonstrations

Drone Deploy
Kyle Miller, Agricultural Industry Expert
Join Kyle Miller, the agriculture business development team lead at DroneDeploy, as he demos their cloud-based drone data platform that provides automated flight, real-time mapping, data processing and analysis. Kyle is a sixth-generation farmer who grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Iowa and has degrees in computer science and agribusiness. He has been researching remote sensing technology for more than 7 years and creating agriculture drone maps since 2013. He'll be demoing some of the latest real-time mapping features in DroneDeploy.
Kansas State University Polytechnic
This demonstration will serve as the Missouri stop for the Drone Uses for Agriculture Roadshow funded by the National Science Foundation’s Midwest Big Data Hub: Digital Agriculture Spoke. Kansas State University Polytechnic will lead a brief discussion on the current and future uses of drones in agriculture, demonstrate the large-area mapping capability of the SenseFly eBee X with the RedEdge-MX, and have surveys available for participants to voice their perspective on drone uses for agriculture. Participants will also receive training materials in the form of a jump drive with example datasets and a workbook.
Pix4D will demonstrate live the following in-field tasks:
- In-field multispectral crop analysis
- Aerial scouting based on real-time NDVI
- Ground scouting and annotations
- Time series evaluation
- Zonation and integration with Variable Rate Application Systems
Sentera will demonstrate the latest in remote sensing technology, showing how easy it is to scout a field, collect critical NDVI data and use it in the field, while using Sentera’s precision ag sensors and FieldAgent platform. Sentera is a leading designer and supplier of integrated remote sensing and IoT solutions to the agriculture industry. With a presence in over 700 North American retail locations, we make it easy for users to bring in-field data off the farm for further analysis. Our integrated FieldAgent™ Platform, analytics, and sensor products deliver fast, accurate information that improves outcomes for ag professionals and growers.
Taranis, a precision agriculture intelligence platform, helps Ag Retailers, input manufacturers and large farms increase their yields and cut costs by giving them a way to effectively monitor their fields, make informed decisions and then act on them. The system uses sophisticated computer vision, data science and deep learning algorithms to detect early symptoms of weeds, uneven emergence, nutrient deficiencies, disease/insect infestations, water damage, equipment problems and more so that farmers can address issues quickly and understand the impact on yield and cost of production. Taranis is the most comprehensive imagery solution for Ag that combines all satellite constellation with analysis beyond NDVI, along with the broadest network on manned aircraft taking multispectral field mosaic at 8cm per pixel and the unique sub-mm imagery analyzed by deep learning called AI2 – the first leaf level imagery.

Field Demonstrations

IntelinAir’s ag-intelligence platform, AgMRI, is built around the premise that growers should spend less time finding issues and more time making strategic decisions. AgMRI allows growers to see which fields are ready to plant and alerts growers when problems arise (emergence issues, weeds, insect infestations, nutritional deficiencies, and disease pressure).  IntelinAir will provide a hands-on demo of AgMRI so users can see how easy it is to get alerted to issues and make decisions during the season.
Praxidyn will be demonstrating the Mixmate chemical blending system. An example blend with jugs, dry and bulk products shows how easy and fast mixing can be for operators in the field or a central mixing plant. The records are automatic for improved accuracy and time savings. Mixmate offers features that are not matched by any other system. Learn what 10 minutes of extra loading time costs for a field sprayer. Complex chemical mixes are causing a loss of productivity. It's not how fast you drive. It's how long you stop. Get your productivity back!
Rogo offers robotic soil sampling services to farmers and service providers so they can make more profitable soil fertility decisions from 10%+ more accurate soil data. Rogo provides this service with the SmartCore, a fully autonomous robot, which collects and packages soil samples with complete depth- and location-consistency. Rogo has sampled over 50K acres for different retailers, agronomists and farmers, has retained 100% of its customers and currently scaling up its service offering.
SoilOptix® produces the most detailed high-definition soil mapping sensors that can accurately map over 25 different layers including macro and micro nutrients, pH, organic matter, texture, and plant available water. With a resolution of 335 points per acre and data that is easily implemented into variable rate applications, SoilOptix® gives growers a deeper understanding of the variability in nutrients and textural-based properties of their field's soil, which results in better optimization of input (fertilizer, seed, etc) placement for economic and environmental gain.
Slant Range
SlantRange is an agricultural intelligence company that develops and markets airborne sensors and advanced analytics systems designed specifically for the needs of agricultural users. The company has developed a turnkey Aerial Phenotyping platform to extract highly accurate metrics from each and every plot of a trial to support the needs of the global research and breeding community.