NEWS

Read through some of the most recent Rantizo features in the news and media here.
You’ll find topics such as precision agriculture, ag technology, drones, cover crops, and more!

 

AgWeek Magazine: Winona County field day shows the hype is real for cover crops

AgWeek Magazine: Winona County field day shows the hype is real for cover crops

Lance Klessig knows if he builds a soil health outing, they will come. That case was proven earlier this month when nearly 250 people, ranging from five different states, piled onto a farm in Winona County for a field day with multiple demonstrations of cover cropping techniques.

Klessig and the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District put on the event on Aug. 10 with help from several other organizations, including Unruh Cover Cropping and Rantizo. The field day was held at the farm of father-son farmers and entrepreneurs, Dave and Mike Unruh, who run a custom harvesting business, sell seed and custom plant cover crops and forages. (…)

Precision Points Podcast: Rantizo’s systems approach to drones in agriculture with Michael Ott and Ken Rost

Precision Points Podcast: Rantizo’s systems approach to drones in agriculture with Michael Ott and Ken Rost

Have you ever had a weed breakout in a field that you couldn’t get to with a sprayer? What about an insect issue or micronutrient deficiency? When a weed patch is too small and too late in the season to justify coming in with a regular field sprayer – it can feel like you’ve run out of options (other than hoeing the field manually). However, in Episode 34 of Precision Points, Rantizo shares how it’s system for drone applications is expanding growers’ management choices by leveraging autonomous drones and easy-to-use software for aerial applications. (…)

Let’s Talk Farm to Fork Podcast

Let’s Talk Farm to Fork Podcast

In this episode of “Let’s Talk Farm to Fork”, we’re joined by Michael Ott from Rantizo, who we will be talking to about how their drone spraying technology is addressing both farmer and business needs while providing a more accurate and sustainable way of handling field operations. (…)

Successful Farming: Use the right tools on your farm to improve water quality

Successful Farming: Use the right tools on your farm to improve water quality

At a field day near Slater, Iowa, landowners, farmers, and ag experts discuss which tools to implement on the farm that help reduce nitrate leaching. Two options at the edge of fields that address nutrient concerns in surface water runoff are saturated buffers and woodchip bioreactors.

In addition to these edge-of-field practices, cover crops help fix nitrogen in the soil and Rantizo, a drone spraying platform start-up, is equipped to apply cover crop seed with its swarms of drones.​ (…)

Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network: Drones seed cover crops on central Iowa farm

Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network: Drones seed cover crops on central Iowa farm

Central Iowa landowner Lee Tesdell implements many conservation practices on his family’s century farm near Slater. A recent field day showcased how he works with Iowa-based Rantizo to seed cover crops with drones.

On Monday, August 23rd, the Center for Rural Affairs, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, and Rantizo hosted the “Cover Crops and Saturated Buffers: Teaming Up for Better Water Quality” field day. Tesdell says the event featured a demonstration of drones seeding cover crops, including a multi-species swarm seeding by Rantizo. He runs his farm under a landowner-tenant collaboration with operator Mike Helland. (…)

Iowa PBS: Farming with drones

Iowa PBS: Farming with drones

Farmers in Iowa are using drones to work more efficiently and ultimately save money. Check out how this technology is changing the way farmers work! (…)

WCIA The Morning Show: Road to the Farm Progress Show

WCIA The Morning Show: Road to the Farm Progress Show

There’s a new start-up company making an appearance at the Farm Progress Show that a lot of people are paying attention to.

It’s called Rantizo, and its regional sales manager, Ben Etsinger, met up with WCIA 3’s Stu Ellis to show off some very special drone stuff. (…)

PrecisionAg: Michael Ott taking drone application from the drawing board to the field

PrecisionAg: Michael Ott taking drone application from the drawing board to the field

As co-founder of Rantizo, Michael Ott’s successful pursuit of turnkey system for drone-based application has earned him the 2021 Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award from the PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence, sponsored by the PrecisionAg Alliance.

“Everyone says, know your customer. In our restaurant, my dad literally knew everyone that was coming in, and many times he knew what they were going to order,” he says. “When you truly know them that well, it’s a great lesson. That’s what we want to do at Rantizo.” (…)

FarmBits Podcast: Episode #40 Elevating UAVs

FarmBits Podcast: Episode #40 Elevating UAVs

Getting crop protection products applied to the acres that need it in a timely manner is a critical aspect of ensuring that crops don’t succumb to disease, weed, or insect pressure. Rantizo is leveraging advancements in UAV technology and driving regulatory progress to offer UAV spraying options to growers.

Sam Pendleton, Director of Sales for Rantizo, joins this episode of the FarmBits podcast to provide an overview of Rantizo’s model and technology. In this episode, Sam shares Rantizo’s approach, provides an overview of flight missions conducted with Rantizo’s technology, discusses how Rantizo is leveraging data to inform spot-spraying, and offers insights into the future of UAV-based spraying. (…)

Carroll Times Herald: Landus launches Innovation Center, showcases pioneering ag

Carroll Times Herald: Landus launches Innovation Center, showcases pioneering ag

With displays of crop-spraying drones and the opening of a Google office in Ralston, Landus on June 29 officially launched its new Innovation Center, a hive of agricultural entrepreneurship and modern features.

The aim of the rural Iowa center is to cultivate strategic partnerships and collaboration between farmer-owners and global innovation leaders to drive a more-sustainable and profitable future of farming. (…)