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Riesterer & Schnell Stores to Sell Precision Ag Drones
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/04/2014

One of Wisconsin's largest John Deere store groups has entered into an agreement with Precision Drone to sell the helicopter-style technology to agriculture customers. Riesterer & Schnell, Inc. says the hexacopters are small, unmanned craft that can fly up to 400 feet high while taking aerial images of crops and fields.

The stores are partnering with the Indiana-based Precision Drone to begin selling the units this year. The data collected by agricultural drones is a part of the total precision agriculture approach that can assist with observing, measuring and responding to crop variability. The images and data collected will be used to help diagnose problems and determine how to improve yields.

"Technology is out there," said Waldo Riesterer, general manager of Riesterer & Schnell. "There is a lot of technology that is being sold. We are focusing on how we can assist our customers to make sure the investment they make in technology has a positive impact on their operation."

He adds that technology in agriculture has grown tremendously in the past three to five years. In order to serve its markets, Riesterer & Schnell has added a dedicated Integrated Solutions department staffed by fully trained team members.

Aaron Sheller and Matt Mines, founders of Precision Drone, along with Riesterer & Schnell said they are excited to unveil the new technology at the upcoming Partners in Progress event. It will be held on March 12 in Hangar C of the EAA grounds in Oshkosh.

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