Farm Journal Drone Fly-In

Heyworth (near Bloomington), Illinois
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Farm Journal Drone Fly-In
Thurs., July 17, 2014        Heyworth, Ill.

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6:45 – 7:30 a.m. Registration and Hot Breakfast,
                                        sponsored by Prime Meridian

7:30 – 7:45 a.m. Welcome

7:45 – 9:00 a.m. General Session: From the Battleground
to the Countryside, presented by Tim
                                        Spalla and Rob Ferriol, CSG Solutions
This session will set the stage of the history of UAVs in the U.S. military and how this technology is now being transferred into the domestic market. The two highly trained presenters will share their personal experiences of using this technology in combat. Learn more about the different practical uses drones may have on your farm, including images and test-case studies from CSG

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. General Session: Agronomic Eyes
in the Sky, 
presented by Ken Ferrie

Learn ways to evaluate different agronomic practices from a birds eye view, including thermal imagery and NDVI. This session will demonstrate the benefit of flying drones to identify problem areas in fields to ground truth tofind agronomic solutions.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.  Break and Expo Open

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Live AgriTalk Radio Broadcast

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Getting Started with Drones,
                                        presented by farmer panel

This session will include an interactive panel of farmers who currently use drones on their operations. Find out why they decided to purchase a drone, what type or model they are flying on their farm and listen for tips, tricks and troubleshooting advice they have picked up along the way. Moderator: Charlene Finck   Farmer Panelists: Randy Aberle, Ill.; Brian Scott, Ind.; Donovan Taves, La.

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Breakout 1: Get Set-Up,
                                        presented by Chad Colby

Your drone is purchased, the package arrives and now the question of what’s next is crossing your mind. This session will provide you all of the information needed to get your drone set-up and ready to fly.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Breakout 2: Soar In the Safe
                                        Zone, presented by John Dillard

Do you know if you’re FAA-compliant? Are you making safety a priority? Farm Journal legal columnist John Dillard will walk through the steps that will ensure a safe, legal experience.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Break and Expo Open

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Breakout 3: Sky-High Scouting,
                                        presented by Isaac Ferrie and Brad Beutke
This interactive breakout will demonstrate how to use a drone as an in-field diagnostic tool. Participants will put their best flying techniques to the test by using drones to scout fields and collect useful data.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Breakout 4: Fly and Drive,
                                        presented by exhibitors

It’s time to take the controls and operate a drone yourself. Working in small groups participants will head to the field to learn the step-by-step process to operate and fly drones.

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Open Q&A with Presenters

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.  Open Flying

Agenda is tentative and subject to change.

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