PRECISION AGRICULTURE 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!

 

Precision Farming Dealer: Rantizo Named to 2021 FoodTech 500 List

Precision Farming Dealer: Rantizo Named to 2021 FoodTech 500 List

Agricultural drone spraying company Rantizo has made the FoodTech 500 list for the 3rd consecutive year.

The FoodTech 500 commemorates the top-tier companies in the AgriFoodTech industry that focus their efforts on sustainable ways to farm. Coming in at No. 74, the advancement of Rantizo on the list shows year-over-year progress in providing sustainable agricultural services to farmers and ranchers (…)

The Scoop: When and Where Applications – The Rise of the Sprayer Drone

The Scoop: When and Where Applications – The Rise of the Sprayer Drone

From a rescue fungicide application to cover crop seeding, sprayer and spreader drones are earning their place on farms. They can provide a cheaper, faster and more flexible method for in-field applications.

Instead of using a sprayer with 120′ booms or hiring a crop duster to treat a 25-acre field, you can send in a drone with a 9′ wingspan and 29′ swath, carrying 8 gal. of product. In less than an hour, you could spray the entire field at the optimum application rate. (…)

Inside Unmanned Systems: Drones on the Farm

Inside Unmanned Systems: Drones on the Farm

Growers are starting to think differently about how they manage their farms and the way they produce the food that ends up on our tables—because they have to.

 

Labor shortages, fluctuating input prices and a focus on establishing more environmentally friendly practices are among the factors making the current landscape more challenging than ever before. Consequently, it’s vital to improve efficiencies and cut costs. Drones are among the tools helping producers, both big and small, do that. (…)

Iowa Soybean Association: Tech Talk

Iowa Soybean Association: Tech Talk

Farmers want solutions to on-farm challenges. But not next season or next year: now. That’s why Meister Media Worldwide, CropLife Media and PrecisionAg teamed up to provide an opportunity for farmers and innovative industry leaders to engage in meaningful, solutions-based discussions during the first-ever Tech Hub LIVE event held in Des Moines.

The event provided sessions and technology geared toward nitrogen management, drone imaging, sustainability, carbon markets and more.

The following are a few companies who highlighted their technology at the show: (…)

GoodFruit Grower: Airblast from Above

GoodFruit Grower: Airblast from Above

Drones can now be used to spray crops in Michigan. The state government approved the practice last summer. 

Spraying pesticides via drone has potential in a lot of crops, including fruit. But the practice is new, and few in Michigan have done it. Mike Reinke, a Michigan State University integrated pest management educator for fruits and vegetables, is seeking funding to study the efficacy of drone spraying on specialty crops. 

As of January, one company had met the state’s licensing requirements to spray crops with drones in Michigan, but other companies plan to seek certification, Reinke said.

Kirk Babcock, owner of Aerial Ag Technologies in Southwest Michigan, is an application services contractor for Rantizo, an Iowa company that’s licensed to use drones to spray crops in Michigan. Rantizo allows contractors such as AAT to spray under its name and license, he said. (…)

sUAS News

sUAS News

Rantizo Director of Strategy, Dudley Stephens, catches up with the sUAS podcast to share the latest on Rantizo’s drone technologies and where its headed. 

Voices of the Valley Podcast: Dawn of the drones. Spraying, pollination and imaging

Voices of the Valley Podcast: Dawn of the drones. Spraying, pollination and imaging

Why use multiple machines to achieve farm tasks like seeding, crop protection application and spot-spraying imaging when you can just use one? Drones offer a one-stop shop where farmers can achieve many tasks by using only one piece of technology.

In this new episode of Voices of the Valley, Rantizo CEO Michael Ott and Ag-Bee President Briana Layfield break down, step-by-step, how drones are currently being used to improve the farmer’s bottom line and provide an analysis on the future applications of drones…such as pollinating crops. (…)

CropLife: First U.S. T-30 drone approval granted to Iowa-based Rantizo

CropLife: First U.S. T-30 drone approval granted to Iowa-based Rantizo

Precision ag tech company Rantizo has announced that they have become the first company approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operation of the DJI Agras T-30 drone for agricultural applications.

The announcement comes highly anticipated, as the T-30 drone launched earlier in 2021, but could not be operated due to the FAA regulation only allowing the use of drones 55 pounds and under. With the exemptions received, Rantizo is the first and only company in the U.S. with the necessary approvals to operate the drone on a commercial scale. (…)