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Finalists Announced for Ag Drone Challenge

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Land O’Lakes, Inc. has introduced finalists for the Land O’Lakes Prize: Drone Challenge, a crowdsourced competitors launched in February 2017 to assist floor priceless, user-friendly drone options that may assist farmers make higher choices for their crops as they work to provide extra meals to feed extra folks.

Drone companies usually tout ease of use. Land O’ Lakes is aware of that isn’t precisely the case. As they satet of their launch, “Because today’s drone solutions require a great deal of time and effort in the data collection and processing workflows, the drone challenge innovators’ proposed solutions must limit the need for human involvement in field data collection, decrease the time needed to access crop imagery and improve the ability for a farmer to make decisions based on field health data.”

The competitors obtained greater than 157 entrants from 47 international locations. The HeroX platform, which democratizes the innovation mannequin of XPRIZE that may result in breakthrough innovation, was employed and designed to speed up the event of drones for the ag business.

“We’ve been a leader in deploying ag technology through our WinField United business. In the precision and decision agriculture and satellite imaging space, we have a number of tools available that provide value to farmers, like the R7 Tool by WinField and R7 Field Forecasting application,” stated Mike Macrie, Land O’Lakes chief data officer. “We believe drones—with a few more years work and the right financial incentives, can be another useful tool in our farmers’ toolbox.”

Based on these standards, judges from the University of Minnesota and WinField United ag tech consultants chosen three finalists to compete in a closed dwell judging occasion, demonstrating their proposed options in a area setting at Westland Dairy, Land O’Lakes member-owner, in Watkins, Minnesota on Sept. 20-22:

A prize of $5,000 is assured for finalists. If a finalist meets all necessities higher than every other, they take house $140Okay. The winners, if any, might be introduced within the days following the judging occasion and can retain mental property rights to the options they develop to assist farmers use drone know-how extra successfully.

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