Iowa crop consulting firm offers ag services from drones

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A fully autonomous, high resolution agricultural imaging drone is now available from Labre Crop Consulting of Manson, Iowa. The lightweight, simple to use eBee drone is manufactured by Swiss company, SenseFly.

Already in use, the eBee is the first professional drone simplified for consumer use with no piloting necessary and valuable for today's crop production needs. Users create their own aerial maps with the simple hand-launch of the eBee into the air.

Flight plans, created with SenseFly's eMotion 2 software, allow the user to plan, simulate, monitor and control the trajectory of the eBee from either computer or mobile devices. Powered by a lithium polymer battery, each flight of the eBee can cover up to 120-150 acres and concludes with a controlled landing of the eBee.

The real benefit is in what this user-friendly drone can produce for today's agricultural retailers and farmers. Postflight Terra software, included in the eBee package, rapidly processes the collected images, and through advanced geotagging, creates a well-designed orthomosaic.

Additionally, the software can also produce 3D models from the collected high resolution, 16 megapixel images. Unlike the processing time required and seasonal restrictions of previous field data collection, farmers will now immediately be able to identify crop issues, machine problems and drainage concerns.

This is a great addition to field data records as explained by Labre Crop Consulting owner, Brent Johnson, "Farmers have already found great value in collecting layered data to gain a greater understanding of what is happening in their fields. Now we have the answer to adding in the layer of data during the valuable time between planting and harvest to get a clear view of what is taking place."

The eBee's modular design includes a wing span of 38 inches and wings that can be disassembled. This allows the wings, central body and all necessary parts and accessories to be stored in a small case for easy transportability.

Maximum flight endurance is achieved with the aerodynamic profile of the eBee, which has a cruise speed of 22-36 miles per hour and can withstand up to 27 miles per hour wind speeds. With minimal training required, the eBee is the simplest solution for informed, immediate and accurate field scouting.

Availability: The eBee drone, and both the eMotion 2 and Postflight Terra 3D software, are immediately available from Labre Crop Consulting of Manson, Iowa. To contact them about this advanced field mapping solution, visit

Labre (pronounced labor) Crop Consulting, Inc. is an independent crop consulting firm located in the farming community of Manson, Iowa. Started by LuAnn (LA) and Brent (BRE) Johnson, the company began as an independent soil sampling and consulting service for farmers. Their vision is to provide a service to the farmer that is non-biased and private.

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Michigan  |  February, 13, 2014 at 09:07 PM

Unfortunately the agriculture community and supporting media continues to use the term "drone" a word coined by a CNN reporter a few years ago referring to armed military unmanned aerial vehicles. Americans are obsessed with privacy issues and the unknown. Using the word "drone" adds to this obsession. Let's lead the way and use the appropriate term for this technology, that is, unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs.

Indiana  |  March, 25, 2014 at 06:45 AM

The United States public knows them as drones! When legislation is made they need to know that drones are a good thing being used to feed the world! Otherwise our officials might follow the vote and and make them unavailable for us to use. Be a leader and say it with pride! I am an American farmer and I am using a drone to help feed the world!

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