Title: Action from Image Analysis
Date: Wed Jul 26, 2017
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Joe Lehnert
Redefining Actionable UAV Imagery

Austin Rice and Andrew Hellmann of Yield Tech Aerial Services, LLC share their real-world experience as commercial ag drone pilots and discuss what they've learned while building a successful commercial ag drone service company.

Austin Rice (speaker)
Yield Tech Aerial Services, LLC
Paris, IL, NA 61944
Austin graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. While working his way through college for a local ag service company and his 5th generation family farm, he operated drones for precision ag research and became passionate about quality remote sensing. He gained extensive UAV and GIS experience and now co-owns and operates Yield Tech Aerial Services, LLC, a commercial ag drone service company that serves farmers and ag service providers across the Midwest.
Andrew Hellman (speaker)
Operations Manager
Yield Tech Aerial Services, LLC
Paris, IL, NA 61944
Andrew attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and graduated with degrees in Business Management and Marketing. Andrew is a fourth generation farmer from Hamel, Illinois. Passionate about agronomy, he has continued his education, learning from agronomists and attending university trainings. Working alongside agronomists throughout the Midwest, he continues to research how to provide value to Yield Tech's growers. He is also an sUAV expert with hundreds of flight hours.
Length (approx): 40 min
Remote Sensing (Imagery) Analysis, Today and in the Future

Using satellite, fixed wing planes, or UAVs to collect remote sensed imagery to identify zones of change can be incredibly powerful for farmers and agronomists alike.  To attempt to completely understand what the imagery is telling us we still must apply applying ground truthing (boots on the ground) with experienced farmers and agronomists to correctly identify the problem zones.  While much can be learned from imagery, it still requires a lot of human interaction. 

In the future remote sensing won’t be about identifying zones from imagery, but rather to identify specific attribute values such as, plant stand, interplant spacing, weed identification and much more.  This digital scouting footprint can then be leveraged against other collected layers of data.  For example, with a high-resolution plant stand map we can easily answer the question; What is my corn population by hybrid?  What is my corn population by soil type (management zone) and then by hybrid?  Was it the population, the hybrid, or both that truly effected my yield?  Remote sensing of the future, using real data, will fundamentally change precision agriculture forever.   

Dave Scheiderer (speaker)
Integrated Ag
Milford Center, OH 43045
Dave graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in agronomy. He spent his early career working in the retail crop protection and nutrient supply business as an agronomist and/or a branch manager. In 1990 Dave and his wife, Zita, established their own business, Integrated Ag Services Ltd. (IAS). Zita and Dave have 3 daughters, two married and the youngest is in college. He enjoys golf, most of the time, and spending time with his family all the time. The IAS business has grown and changed over the years; now with a staff of 12 providing agronomic consulting services and HD ½ ac. grid soil sampling in Ohio and beyond. Their focus is to provide quality agronomic advice focusing on the value of precision agriculture back to their customers.
Length (approx): 40 min
Imagery changing agriculture: experiences in Argentina, Brazil & South Africa

Satellite imagery is a reliable and permanent source of data, easily accessible to producers, consultants and technicians. The new satellite constellations made available from the 2016/2017 season allow access to high resolution and revisit frequency images.

In a first level of image processing, we obtain green index maps (NDVI) that represent the photosynthetic activity of the crops and allows remote tracking of the development of the crops.

Argentina, Brazil and South Africa are using these tecnologies to support for field visiting and scouting to monitoring weeds, pests and diseases, support for plant counting and re-seeding decisions, waterlogging delineation, variable nitrogen fertilization on corn and wheat, protein estimation and correction on deficiencies on wheat and yield estimations.

Fabiano Paganella (speaker)
Plantec AP / Geoagro
Vacaria, Rio Grande do Sul 95200-000
Fabiano Paganella is an agronomist engineer and farmer. Besides the farm, he has a consulting company called Plantec AP of which he is a partner and the technical manager. Plantec AP provides precision agriculture services to farmers and has a partnership with Geoagro, Argentinian company, provider of IT, satellite imagery and GIS technology. He works with technical assistance, rural credit and does surveys for agricultural insurance companies and he also advises two seed production and precision agriculture companies.
Length (approx): 40 min