NEWS

Read through some of the most recent Rantizo features in the news and media here.
You’ll find topics such as precision agriculture, ag technology, drones, cover crops, and more!

 

Western Farmer Stockman: Putting ag tech tools to work

Western Farmer Stockman: Putting ag tech tools to work

The promise of agricultural technology looms large for farmers. The rise of upstream startup companies with investors including the likes of Google, Verizon and major ag companies including Bayer, offers the potential for a range of benefits. But what might that look like for the future? Four firms got together in 2019 and conducted a test to find out.

Taranis, an image capture and analysis firm, teamed with drone application startup Rantizo to precision-apply products from Phytobiotics North America on test strips run by Continuum Ag LLC.

Commercial Drone Professional: AgTech companies collaborate to increase yields

Commercial Drone Professional: AgTech companies collaborate to increase yields

Four agricultural technology (AgTech) companies have announced the results of a trial in the US whereby they collaboratively implemented drone-based technologies to diagnose a field issue, prescribed a solution, delivered a targeted treatment, and verified an effective end-to-end system.

The companies involved were Taranis, Phytobiotics North America, Continuum Ag and Rantizo. Trials were conducted on six of Continuum Ag’s 50×250 foot soybean plots near Ainsworth, Iowa.

Progressive Farmer: Poised for flight, Iowa startup hopes to provide efficiencies and options with amped up drone sprayers

Progressive Farmer: Poised for flight, Iowa startup hopes to provide efficiencies and options with amped up drone sprayers

The world headquarters of Rantizo screams tech startup. The small company that’s pushing the edge on autonomous drone spraying systems feels out of place in downtown Iowa City, wedged between a flower shop and a store hawking University of Iowa T-shirts. There’s an open-office concept and a workroom cluttered with disassembled drones, and to actually test anything out, engineers must crawl out a second-story window onto a roof.
Unmanned Systems: Aerial spraying with drones gains traction, slowly

Unmanned Systems: Aerial spraying with drones gains traction, slowly

Rantizo has deployed its fleet of DJI Agras drones into Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. Farmers and agricultural firms in the company’s service area are impressed, Ott says, with the capability of spraying 14 acres per hour.

“We can apply where things are needed — liquid insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, and solid cover crop seed, granular fertilizers, and pollen-beneficial insects,” Ott says.

Business Record: Rantizo awarded $40k at JPEVA

Business Record: Rantizo awarded $40k at JPEVA

Pappajohn gave $100,000 away to Iowa startup founders during the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Awards Luncheon, the finale of the annual venture competition the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in the state.

Rantizo, an Iowa City-based precision drone application startup, received first place and accepted a $40,000 check from Pappajohn.

The Gazette: Rural Iowa needs better broadband access

The Gazette: Rural Iowa needs better broadband access

Insufficient broadband connectivity in rural America forces parents and children to rely on gas stations and fast food restaurants to do something as simple as homework. Of course, it isn’t truly ‘homework’ if they have to do it away from home. This lack of modern access leaves these families disconnected not only from the internet, but disconnected from the world.
Silicon Prairie News: Rantizo improving the ag industry one drone at a time

Silicon Prairie News: Rantizo improving the ag industry one drone at a time

Last week, SPN had the chance to speak with Michael Ott, founder and CEO of Rantizo – a company offering a unique, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution to agrichemical spraying via drones.

Rantizo sells agricultural drones and drone spraying services. These drones deliver targeted sprays precisely where they are needed for various agricultural applications. Rantizo’s upgraded DJI Agras MG-1P Drones are currently being used in five states throughout the Midwest and are becoming more popular among farmers.

Commercial UAV News: Using drones in agriculture to spray fields with Rantizo

Commercial UAV News: Using drones in agriculture to spray fields with Rantizo

For years, farmers relied on traditional methods like labor-intensive manual spraying, hired crop dusters or even agricultural aircraft to spray fields that were too large for manual labor. With the growth of the drone industry, the way farmers spray their fields could change drastically, as spraying with a drone provides improved benefits. Reduced labor costs and CapEx, reduced chemical exposure, better access to the field at various times during the growing season, and improved yields are some of those benefits.

To better understand why the company came up with its solution, how it is making a difference, and more, we connected with CEO & Co-Founder, Michael Ott.

CropLife: Rantizo adds three more midwestern states to approved territory for drone spraying

CropLife: Rantizo adds three more midwestern states to approved territory for drone spraying

This week Rantizo became the first company approved for agricultural drone spraying in three additional states, further expanding the company’s territory to include Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska. The Iowa City based ag tech company is now the first and only approved for drone spraying in five Midwestern states: Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

“I really thought a farmer we were spraying for last week in Wisconsin said it well,” Ott mentioned. “He said, ‘I knew drones were coming to agriculture, but I didn’t realize that day was today.’”