To give bees a break, farmers pollinated an apple orchard using drones
"The Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette called in startup Dropcopter and its pollen-spreading UAVs... to perform the world’s first apple orchard pollination by drone..." article
Dropcopter secures $250,000 investment - sUAS News
"Dropcopter, a pollination UAS startup secured $250,000 from Syracuse New York based GENIUS NY accelerator. Their pollination drone service is the first in the world to use automated multirotors to dust almonds, pistachios and cherries, boosting crop set by as much as a tested 15%!..." article
Meet DropCopter, a GENIUS NY 2.0 Finalist - GeniusNY.com
"In early 2015, we completed our patent pending prototype, and conducted the first ever UAS pollination of orchards crops, boosting crop set by 10%..." article
The Sky's the Limit for Genius NY Competitors - Spectrum News
The Genius New York Competition is back with six teams working on innovations in unmanned systems. People are competing for the top prize of $1 million. But everyone participating will walk away with some financial investment in their company.... article & video
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces Genius NY Competition Finalists - NY.gov
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the six finalists selected to take part in the second round of GENIUS NY - one of the world's largest business competitions focused on unmanned systems, cross-connected platforms and other technology-based sectors... article
6 Finalists for Next Round of Genius NY Competition in Syracuse Announced - Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. -- The six finalists chosen for the next round of the Genius NY competition are businesses from Syracuse, California, New Mexico, Michigan, Virginia and Switzerland.... article
Dropcopter’s mission is automated pollination of orchard crops via unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); farming efficiency, the promotion of new technologies, and healthy crop yield growth. In early 2015, Dropcopter completed its patent pending prototype, and conducted the first ever UAS pollination of orchards crops, boosting crop set by 10%.
Dropcopter is partnered with GENIUS NY and The NUAIR Alliance. With their expertise we are bringing our patent pending "Worker-Bee" pollinator to market. Our methods guarantee growers crops are pollinated, overcoming environmental factors like wind, cold, and night time that would prevent honeybee activity.
Our 2015 - 2018 trials have shown a dramatic crop set increase of 25%-60% in almonds, scalable across large areas. This technology is applicable to apples, cherries, avocados and pears. We have the ability to spread any granular or powdered material with tactical accuracy. Potential applications: seed dispersal, beneficial insect release, leaf nutrients and pest deterrent.
We are a team with diverse backgrounds in agriculture, robotics, and entrepreneurship.