Pre­ci­sion drones have role in Val­ley agri­cul­ture

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - WOLFVILLE

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.

WENDY ELLIOTT

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.

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