PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, and A&L Canada, the largest independent agronomy lab in Canada, are partnering to enhance the value of drone data by layering information, from ground sampling, that can improve a farmer’s holistic picture of in-field assets. Through the partnership, farmers will not only have the ability to view and analyze their high resolution aerial data, collected by a drone, but also order and view ground data from A&L, including soil and plant tissue analysis, directly within the PrecisionHawk software.
“As drone data becomes a more integrated part of the farm management workflow, PrecisionHawk is partnering with industry leaders to provide additional data layers that in combination improve in-field decision-making,” said Robert Vick PhD., director of business development at PrecisionHawk. “By incorporating A&L’s breadth of soil and plant analytics into the PrecisionHawk platform, farmers will have access to new data layers that complement drone mapping analytics before, during and after the growing season.”
Established in 1985 by farmers, A&L is comprised of agronomists, soil scientists and technicians. Their global customer base extends across North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa with a focus on crops including corn, soy, wheat, potatoes and high-value fruits.
“A&L sees the value of this exciting new partnership as building on the strengths and offerings of both our companies,” said Greg Patterson, president at A&L. “PrecisionHawk is providing A&L with a platform to share our agronomic expertise in conjunction with emerging drone and data technologies.”
A&L professionals are also developing analytics tools within the PrecisionHawk software to help bridge the gap between ground and aerial data. Assessment of plant health, quantification of field variability and terrain analysis are features available within the growing library of algorithms being developed by university partners, geospatial scientists and PrecisionHawk’s own geospatial team.
“We do not simply offer a drone with a sensor on it,” Vick continued. “PrecisionHawk is linking together an entire solution for the market.”