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Change to FAA Regulation Allows 1 Operator to Fly 3 Sprayer Drones

FFA regulation exemption for U.S.-based drone maker allows 1 person to operate 3 drones in a swarm, a 3-fold increase in productivity

The FAA recently granted Texas-based drone manufacturer Hylio a regulatory exemption that allows 1 operator to simultaneously pilot 3 heavy-lift drones instead of requiring an operator and observer per 1 drone over 55 pounds. 


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[Technology Corner] Trimble’s New Bilberry Smart Spraying System Embodies Retrofit-First Mindset

Today we’re spotlighting Trimble’s new see and spray technology. It’s called the Bilberry system — a camera-based system that enables farmers to save up to 90% on herbicide applications by only spraying where the weeds are in the field. And as Trimble’s Cory Buchs tells us, one of the best things about it is it retrofits to existing sprayers.
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AEI Newsmakers: February 2024

  • Wisconsin Battery Co. announced in December the acquisition of 17 acres in Portage, Wis...
  • The Milwaukee Business Journal published a list of the largest nonprofits in the state of Wisconsin on Feb. 9. The Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) topped the list in annual revenues of $35.7 million...
  • AGCO’s critical upgrades to its Hesston facility went live on Jan. 1, and the company brought back the first group of employees returning from furlough in the first week of January...
  • In its Feb. 8 WASDE report update, USDA’s 2023-24 U.S. ending stocks are estimated at 2.172 billion bushels of corn (vs. consensus 2.149 billion bushels)...
  • The prospects of interest-rate cuts were clouded by a Feb. 13 Federal Reserve report that inflation remained higher than expected...
  • Hay and forage equipment manufacturer H&S Manufacturing announced the closure of its Clintonville, Wis., facility, ...
  • Canadian seeding technology manufacturer Clean Seed Capital Group Ltd. announced Feb. 7 the signing of a technology license...
  • VDMA reported German tractor registrations down 1% year-over-year in January. Registrations in the 100+ horsepower category were down 4%...
  • CEMA’s general business climate index decreased to -52 in the February survey vs. -50 last month...

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