Weekly startup news roundup and ideas
- Flying a little higher: Drone use in ag grows – Nick Otto stands in a 160-acre field of fledging corn on a coolish June afternoon. His eyes and experience tell him a lot, but he knows they don’t reveal everything, especially about a field this large.He specifically wants a better handle on the stand count, or the number of corn plants growing in the field — information that will help Otto, proprietor of Otto Ag in Crystal, N.D., best advise his farmer client on how much fertilizer to apply. Applying too little shortchanges the crop; applying too much wastes money.
- Congress Introduces Bipartisan Drone Innovation Act – Republican Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN-02) led the legislation for the Drone Innovation Act, which looks to define operations of civil UAS under 200 feet and within state, local, or tribal jurisdictions.
- Wisconsin Startup Points The Way For Grocers To Challenge Amazon/Whole Foods Onslaught – White label on-demand delivery app platform GrocerKey is expanding its omnichannel offerings to help local brands like Woodman’s Markets compete in the changing supermarket landscape.