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Corteva signs deal to use DroneDeploy's drone fleet

DowDuPont's agricultural business, Corteva Agriscience, has signed a global deal with US drone company, DroneDeploy, to use its fleet of over 400 DJI drones across the company’s global seed production and supply chain.

DowDuPont's agricultural business, Corteva Agriscience, has signed a global deal with US drone company, DroneDeploy, to use its fleet of over 400 DJI drones across the company’s global seed production and supply chain. The agreement also covers its “Pioneer Strategic” account management and agronomy teams in Brazil, Canada, Europe and the US. Corteva rates DroneDeploy as the market leader in commercial drone software and aerial site intelligence for the agriculture sector.

Corteva’s US digital agriculture lead, Jeremy Groeteke, welcomes the deal. “The field intelligence technology will enable our Pioneer agronomy and strategic account management teams to work with farmers to provide real-time aerial views of their operation.” Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators can survey a 160-acre (64 ha) field in less than 15 minutes, spotting variations in plant and soil health. Every operator will be trained in the use of the technology and be certified according to their respective aviation regulations. “We are also deploying the advanced UAV technology in our seed production network,” Corteva global seed technology lead – seed production and supply chain, Matt Kurtz, adds.

DroneDeploy’s CEO and co-founder, Mike Winn, says that Corteva operates the largest drone fleet for agriculture in the world, and with this deal is “deploying the most advanced crop scouting technology on drones using DroneDeploy’s Live Map technology”. Mr Groeteke says that the deal will differentiate Corteva from its competition. “When you couple this drone investment with our other digital offerings provided by Granular Ag and Encirca services, we will provide growers with even more data so they can make timely, informed agronomic decisions.”

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