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K-State Polytechnic Professional Education and Outreach
2310 Centennial Road
Outreach Center
Salina, KS 67401-8196

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Drone Uses for Agriculture Roadshow

Small unmanned aircraft systems (or more commonly referred to as drones) are continually improving and adding efficiency to many industries. Initially, agriculture was predicted to be the industry impacted the most by drones per the AUVSI study published in 2013, “The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States.” Drones are already proving their return on investment for high-value, small-area crops such as vineyards and orchards. However, broader adoption for large-area agriculture seems lacking. This roadshow seeks to understand the causes of the slow adoption of drones for agriculture and will give an opportunity for producers, crop service providers, and other end-users to voice where a drone can provide value today in the agriculture industry.

Making stops in seven different states, the Drone Uses for Agriculture Roadshow is partnering with various companies, farmers, state agencies, and existing events. Each stop will be a bit different, but will generally follow this schedule:

  • On-site registration and hand out training materials (jump drive loaded with example data sets and a workbook)
  • Free lunch for participants
  • Discussion about current & future uses of drones for agriculture
  • Demonstrate the large-area mapping capability of the SenseFly eBee X
  • Demonstrate the subsampling & real-time mapping capabilities of the Parrot Bluegrass Fields
  • Survey for participants to voice their perspective on the use of drones for agriculture

This roadshow is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Midwest Big Data Hub: Digital Agriculture Spoke.


The Roadshow will be visiting the following cities. Click on the city name to be taken to a registration form. Upon registering a confirmation email will be sent to you with GPS address to the location and logistical details for the event. The Roadshow events are at no cost to attendees and include lunch.


July 17 in Ohio. This stop is in partnership with The Ohio State University.


July 19 in Elburn, IL. This stop is in partnership with Aerial Influence


July 22 in St. Louis, MO in partnership with the InfoAg Pre-conference Tour.

North Dakota

August 2 in Hillsboro, ND. This stop is in partnership with Total Ag.


August 6 in Sutherland, NE. This stop is in partnership with Paulman Farms.


August 9 in Hesston, KS. This stop is in partnership with the Kansas Water Office.


August 13 in Boone, IA. This stop is in partnership with Iowa State University.


If you have any questions regarding the event or your registration, please contact the Kansas State Polytechnic Professional Education and Outreach office at 855-552-0079 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST) or email profed@k-state.edu.