Delta Drone International scores deal with Corteva

International drones-as-a-service company Delta Drone International has scored a major coup for its agricultural drone business after signing with one of the world’s biggest agricultural conglomerates in the world.

The drone company has just announced that it has signed an initial eight-month contract with major producer of seeds for agriculture, Corteva Agriscience RSA in South Africa, adding to the Company’s growing multi-national customer base.

Corteva Agriscience RSA is the South African subsidiary of Corteva Inc, a major American agricultural chemical and seed company that was the agricultural unit of DowDuPont prior to being spun off as an independent public company. Corteva became a public company on June 3, 2019, when DowDuPont distributed Corteva shares to its shareholders.

This is a major deal for Delta Drone because Corteva are one of the biggest adopters of drone technology in the agricultural space, having a fleet of 600 drones at the last count in their USA operations. They use the drones to help farmers to plant and harvest efficiently, safely and sustainably. In the USA, they work with another drone services company to provide streamlined data capture and analysis capabilities using drone-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology.

In South Africa, Delta Drone said it will provide a full-time specialist agriculture drone pilot to deploy state-of-the-art agriculture-specific drones to capture a range of vital data including plant analytics to ensure maximum yield for crops such as maize, soybeans and sunflowers for Pioneer Seed RSA, a subsidiary of Corteva.

“Obtaining the data required to assess crop health in a timely manner has historically been a challenge for the agriculture sector,” said Christopher Clark, Delta Drone CEO. “With our fleet of state-of-the-art agriculture-specific drones and drone pilots who specialise in flying in agricultural settings, we can more accurately obtain the data and provide it to customers much faster so they can take more effective action to maximise yields.

“Moving from ad-hoc contracts to a fixed-term contract with Pioneer demonstrates the value our expert knowledge of the agriculture sector combined with the latest aerial data capture technologies provides, enabling them to focus on core business operations. We look forward to working with Pioneer and showing them the magnitude of the ways our drones can be used to enhance agriculture operations.”

Delta Drone added that the contract was signed after the drone company successfully demonstrated its drone-based agricultural solutions across several ad-hoc agriculture projects for the conglomerate over the last two years.

The company’s agricultural solutions are offered through RocketFarm, the subsidiary which offers drone-based technology for applications that include plant counting over field or specific area, plant health and growth monitoring, reporting on crop health trends, plant scouting and crop stress analysis, yield forecasting, as well as keeping tabs with weather damagers.

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