2019 Pre-Conference Tour

The 2019 InfoAg Conference Tour is currently being planned. Please check back here for more details in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you at the conference, July 23-25, 2019

Register for the Tour

To register for the tour select the tour option on the "Additional Items" page of the online registration. Tour cost is $90 which includes bus transportation, lunch, and an InfoAg hat. 
If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the tour to your registration, please contact us at 217-762-7955 or registration@infoag.org and we can get you set for the tour. 
Tour at UAV Demos

Monday Tour Details

The pre-conference tour will be Monday, July 16, 2018. 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: Danforth Plant Science Center

In the morning we will visit the Danforth Plant Science Center. We have visited this in the past and our group has requested more time so this year we arranged additional time to tour the facilities and ask questions at this unique resource and innovation center. 
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is the world’s largest independent and non-profit research institute with the mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our scientists strive to discover underlying principles of how plants work and develop crops that can better defend against pests and pathogens, use water more efficiently in times of drought, and increase the efficiency of sunlight energy capture and nutrition uptake. The Center is at the nexus of food, energy and the environment as it works to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. In the quest for crops that provide better nutrition, more sustainability, and have a smaller environmental footprint, leading-edge companies and innovations are brought to life.
On this tour, you’ll see:
  • •             The first phenotyping facility housed in a research or academic setting
  • •             Technology that looks at plants and their environment in unique and exceedingly specific ways
  • •             Facilities that are state of the art /Main building opened in 2001/Danforth wing opened 2016
  • •             Expansive greenhouse ranges
  • •             Hear from leading experts and visit with scientists who are living the mission

Afternoon Stop: Outdoor Demonstrations

Our afternoon stop will be for outdoor demonstrations include an array of vendors including UAV flight demonstrations. 
More on participating companies soon.

Tarmac Demonstrations

PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of advanced commercial drone technologies. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and located in Raleigh, NC and Toronto, Canada. PrecisionHawk’s client list of Fortune 500 companies and market-leading innovators spans 150 countries and the company has existing operations across six continents. PrecisionHawk is funded by leading venture capital firms and global technology investors including Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Verizon Ventures, a subsidiary of USAA, NTT Docomo Ventures, Yamaha Motor, DuPont and Indiana University. More information about PrecisionHawk can be found at www.precisionhawk.com or on Twitter @PrecisionHawk.
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.
AeroEvironment / DroneNerds
About Quanitx & AV DSS
Quantix is a revolutionary hybrid drone that combines the vertical takeoff and landing advantages of multirotors with the range, speed and efficiency benefits of fixed-wing aircraft. Quantix has fully-automated takeoff, flight and landing, so even first-time flyers can successfully operate the drone.  AV DSS analytics platform automatically aggregates all your data making the complete ecosystem easy to use and understand to help improve operational efficiencies and profitability. AeroVironment invented the hand-launched intelligent drone category more than 30 years ago. With more than one million flight hours by cus­tomers in the U.S. military, AeroVironment offers drone and analytic tech­nologies with a higher-level of reliability and safety. The company leveraged its military experience and years of drone research and development to bring to market the power­fully simple Quantix™ Hybrid Drone and AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV-DSS) analytics platform.

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. 

Aeroptic will be demonstrating, via display, their newest wide area multispectral sensor system. The system, called WAMS, is the first of its kind serving the agriculture industry. Comprised of 14 camera heads, 12 in the visible to visible near infrared spectrum, and 2 in the Long wave infrared (thermal) spectrum. The camera system provides absolutely calibrated imagery enabling imagery to be evaluated spatially and temporally. It can collect hundreds of thousands of acres in a flight day at 10cm resolution at a flight altitude of ~4,500 feet. Whether you are an agronomist looking for scientific grade data, an analytics company developing algorithms and models, the WAMS system provides the most economical, accurate, and highest quality imagery on the market today. Aeroptic was created by the coming together of three industry leaders. For more than a decade, Flight Landata had been providing expeditionary aerial remote sensing services to the US Government in the most austere and hostile places on the planet. What started as Urgent Operational Need to provide deployed forces with imagery and elevation data, expanded into a wider geospatial support mission in more benign environments. GeoVantage had become the leader in tactical Pod-based multispectral imagery collection from light aircraft all over the world. Their focus was precision agriculture, oil and gas exploration and distribution networks, and special imaging projects.

Flight and software demo.

Field Demonstrations

Raven Industries
Raven will be conducting live demonstrations of exciting new capabilities using Slingshot and Viper 4 that can help improve operational efficiencies and logistics for ag retailers, custom applicators and large farming operations. It’ll be a highly interactive experience that you’ll want to see in action!
Teralytic makes the world’s first wireless NPK soil sensor, a simple and incredibly easy-to-use product that generates real-time data collection and analysis of all soil types, anywhere in the field. The Teralytic probe uses 23 sensors to provide the most detailed soil quality data available, reporting soil moisture, salinity, aeration, respiration, NPK, air temperature, and humidity—at three different depths. We will demo the probe and smartphone app during the tour. 
Mixmate is a fully automated chemical blending and recordkeeping system with modular options for portable or stationary installations and to measure by weight and flow.  Simultaneously measure multiple products for fast mixing speeds, typically in 4 to 8 minutes for a large sprayer.  The Android app controls the system and synchronizes with our Intersect cloud service to backup data and provides access from the office.  Intersect and Mixmate can automate data processing to save time and reduce errors in the office and the field.
Spectrum Technologies
Spectrum Technologies will demonstrate in-field weather sensing capabilities with its Watchdog 2900ET weather station.  This station monitors air temperature, wind speed, wind direction, relative humidity, dew point, rainfall, solar radiation and evapotranspiration.  We will also show a temperature-inversion station and SpecConnect web dashboard for monitoring current weather conditions, record keeping, alerts, sensors and activity.

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.