Purdue based start-up looks to help farmers

Drones have become increasingly popular for people looking to retrieve professional overhead footage and a Purdue based start up is using drone technology to help out farmers across the country.

Posted: Mar. 11, 2018 7:03 PM
Updated: Mar. 11, 2018 8:30 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Drones have become increasingly popular for people looking to retrieve professional overhead footage and a Purdue based start up is using drone technology to help out farmers across the country.

Progeny Drone is a Purdue based startup aimed at tying drone footage to agriculture.


"It's always been an interdisciplinary effort from the start."

Anthony Hearst has spearheaded the company that takes a common phenomenon and turn what would normally be basic footage,
into something useful.

"We are allowed to take that technique, turn it into a software that you can sell."

"And we say hey like let us help you out we'll pull out images of your plots of your field and we'll have them labeled how you want them labeled."

But the process hasn't always been clear for Hearst and his colleagues.

"We struggled a lot with the technology it was really like a prototype back in 2013 and now drones have come a long way."

Now, Progeny Drone's mission to help farmers far and wide overcome challenges is being realized.
He explains some of the specifics of what their software can capture.

"Some of the crops may be yellowing because of a disease or maybe there's flooding or drought stress."

"You can do amazing things with those data you can compare growth rates from one part of your field to another."

As Hearst begins his business venture, he hopes to tie the fundamentals of farming together with the technology of the future.

"Make them accessible for anybody, we want people to feel like they can collect as much as they want."

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