Raven VP on UAS tech addition: we’ll make crop data actionable

By Luke Geiver | March 03, 2016

When South Dakota-based technology developer and manufacturer Raven Industries displays its precision agriculture offerings at a major ag event called the Commodity Classic this month, a fixed wing unmanned aircraft vehicle will be included. The company recently became the exclusive distribution partner for the AgEagle Aerial systems fixed wing UAV.

“AgEagle’s innovative technology is at the forefront of the UAS market and we couldn’t be more excited to play a role in their success,” said Brian Meyer, general manager of Raven. “Together, we will help make crop health data actionable and relevant, which in turn will help decrease inputs and increase yields for growers.”

Bret Chilcott, CEO of AgEagle, said the company considers Raven to be one of the top precision agriculture companies in the world.

In addition to its fixed-wing UAV, Raven also offers a mobile internet connection unit, in-cab computers for combines, guidance and steering equipment, harvest and seeding technology and field application controls. Raven is a publically traded company on the NASDAQ.

Since forming in 2013, the Kansas-based entity has worked with several research institutions including Kansas State and the University of Nebraska, and partnered with many UAS-related companies.

In 2015, UAS Magazine covered the story of AgEagle in a feature titled, “The Birthplace of Precison Ag-UAVs.”