Precision drones have role in Valley agriculture
On his recent visit to Acadia University, federal innovation minister Navdeep Bains had a look at Valley-made unmanned aerial vehicles.
Bain was touring the Rural Innovation Centre in Patterson Hall when he met Precisionhawk staff members.
Geoff Mason explained how the drone technology they build, fly and collect data with can help the farming community grow healthy crops.
According to Acadia University grad Matt Winchester, test conditions in the Annapolis Valley are excellent.
In 2015, the Wolfville-based Aerhyve Aerial Technologies announced a strategic partnership with Precisionhawk, which has Toronto headquarters and its main offices in North Carolina.
Aerhyve had an initial focus on the wild blueberry industry, however, the technology can be applied to other types of crop analysis. The identification of bare spots, for example, allows producers to focus efforts on growth areas.
Acadia University grads Matt Winchester, Scott Hatcher and Geoff Mason, who studied at NSCC in Lawrenctown, recently spoke with the federal innovation minister about their work with drones.