Jul 31, 2019Ag drone spraying approved in Wisconsin, could come to other states soon
Rantizo just became first company approved for agricultural drone spraying in the state of Wisconsin, which follows its recent approval for ag drone spraying in Iowa.
“(Since the approval in Iowa,) we’ve had requests for cover crop seeding, fungicide applications, even liquid copper sulfate spraying to control moss,” said Michael Ott, Rantizo CEO. “We’ve had calls with growers in almost every state in the country at this point.”
With record levels of rainfall this year resulting in delayed planting of corn and soy crops, the approval for Rantizo’s drone-based services comes at a crucial time for midwestern growers needing fungicide and insecticide applications.
“Rantizo is able to get into a field hours after a rain without running the risk of crop damage or soil compaction,” Ott said. “That’s where we can really change the game when it comes to crop spraying and the resulting yield increases for farmers.”
Rantizo will continue to seek drone spraying approval with agriculture departments in other states.
“Gaining our approval in Iowa first meant that we could not only serve our home state first, but quickly expand into other Midwestern states and perpetuate the regulatory approval process,” said Craig Perry, Rantizo’s director of operations. “We are seeing this with our approval into Wisconsin now and will have several other states’ approval in the very near future.”
With Rantizo’s drone technology, the company claims they will be able to reach more fields in less time bringing opportunity for fruitful harvests to more Midwestern growers than ever before.
“Our drone technology is ready,” Ott said. “Drone spraying for agriculture has been touted as ‘the future of agriculture’ for a long time.”
The company has several upcoming demonstrations on the books including in both Janesville, Wisconsin and near LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Soon, Rantizo will be flying a demonstration in Monticello, Iowa and Hills, Iowa. Email [email protected] for more information.