Posted 13 November 2015
this technology is really starting to be appreciated by farmers and agronomists as a valuable tool."
Harper Adams University's drone researcher, Jonathan Gill
Harper Adams University last week hosted a third successful Drones for Farming Conference 2015.
Sponsored by Bayer Cropscience, the event was run by the Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Interest Group (UASSIG).
UASSIG is a membership group focussed on the application of unmanned aerial systems in agriculture. Supported by the National Centre for Precision Farming and founder member URSULA Agriculture, its membership broadly reflects the UAS in agricultural industry, including UAS operators, operations and service providers, technologists, agronomists, agricultural training and academia.
The Drones for Farming Conference is a key output of the group’s activities and this year’s event was the biggest and best so far with 9 conference speakers including a keynote speech from Civil Aviation representative Matt Williams, technical workshops, Try-Fly sessions and a Flight to Application demonstration attended by more than 160 delegates.
Membership of the UASSIG Drones for Farming sub-group has increased substantially as a result of the conference and members will be kept up to date on developments in drones for agriculture throughout the coming year.
Dr Richard Green, academic lead for the NCPF UAV Special Interest Group said "The increased attendance, and fact that many of those who came are already using drones, shows how this technology is really starting to be appreciated by farmers and agronomists as a valuable tool.
“Much of the debate centred on the exciting opportunities small lightweight multi and hyper-spectral cameras offer for detecting and mapping numerous pests and diseases. It is clear that drone technology has really been taken to heart by the more forward looking members of the agricultural community."
The UAS SIG has collaborated with BASIS Registration to bring the first in a series of Drones for Farming training courses. The first one is called the BASIS Agricultural Awareness Training Course for Drone Operators. There are three opportunities to attend this course in the forthcoming months. These are 1st Dec 2015, 19th Jan and 8th Mar 2016. Click here for further details.
UASSIG has close links with organisations such as the CAA and ARPAS. Further information on the group’s purposes and current activities can be found here.