Research to Rows Drone Workshop July 30

Introductory course on drone use in agriculture to be offered in July

June 11, 2024, 8:56 am | Rebecca Vittetoe, Doug Houser

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the ISU Digital Ag Innovation Lab are partnering to offer a new workshop as part of their "Research to Rows" series focusing on Drone (UAV) Technology on July 30 at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville.

Research to Rows is a series of workshops offered jointly with ISU Extension and Outreach and the ISU Digital Ag Innovation Lab. Planter University was the first workshop offered, and now the organizers are adding a drone workshop.

The workshop is intended to be an introductory and foundational course for farmers or agriculture retailers interested in getting started with drone imagery technology.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Definitions, terms and overview.
  • Drone usage in agriculture.
  • Recreational vs. commercial pilot.
  • Purchasing and registration.
  • Best practices and flight options/apps.
  • Data processing and visualization.
  • Future drone workshops.

Presenters for the workshop include Doug Houser, digital agriculture extension specialist, and Ryan Huffman, digital agronomy research manager with the ISU Digital Ag Innovation Lab.

“As adoption rates for drones continue to increase in Iowa, this workshop has been developed to provide education surrounding the legal use and application of this technology,” said Huffman. “Drones add additional data layers, many of which directly translate to improving on-farm decision making.”

Advance registration is required. The cost is $75 and includes lunch, refreshments and handouts. Registration for the workshop closes July 26, and the workshop is limited to 25. Additionally, the first five registrants who farm in Iowa are eligible to have up to an 80-acre corn or soybean field flown over with a drone to collect a field health image. 

Registration and check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit

For more information, contact Houser at or Rebecca Vittetoe, extension field agronomist at or 319-653-4811. The Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 3115 Louisa-Washington Road, Crawfordsville, Iowa.

Photo Credit: Drone in action, by pavlobaliukh/

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