Rantizo In The News

Future Farming: AgFunder presents 12 agtech start-ups to watch


November 27, 2018

All around the world, entrepreneurs and engineers, young companies and established businesses, are working on transformative precision farming technologies to change the face of future farming.

An electrostatic spraying multi-rotor drone is the core product of Rantizo, a US-based start-up, whose founder Michael Ott won a pitch contest at the AgLaunch Startup Station ahead of 14 other innovative agtech enterprises earlier this year.

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Farm Futures: New gadgets could help farm's bottom line


November 20, 2018

Imagine a tractor that weighs no more than a motorcycle, lightly threading its way through your fields to deliver fertilizer or weed control 24/7 as you relax over coffee. Or a squad of drones locked on to a weed infestation based on a GPS-generated field map, autonomously cruising out to electrostatically spot spray those problem areas.

Here’s a few promising ideas we saw in the works at the Forbes Ag Tech Summit in Indianapolis this fall. A few are already for sale and others are still being tinkered with before heading to market.

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Prairie Farmer: Sprayer drones show potential in ag


November 19, 2018

Drones can’t carry the volume that herbicide applicators cart across fields in massive rigs. But three businesses — Biosorb, Nardo Agribotics and Rantizo — argue they don’t have to. Well-timed applications of as little as 1 ounce per acre can treat the hot spots of a field when delivered by drone, company representatives say.

In terms of current adoption, Rantizo customers include hemp and other high-value crop growers. To grow its customer base, the company plans to build a matrix of recommended practices and drone-sized chemical spray cartridges for problem weeds and pests.

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Clay & Milk: Innova Memphis invests in Iowa companies as it expands its focus to agtech


November 14, 2018

Innova Memphis, an early-stage investment firm based in Memphis, Tenessee, has recently widened its scope and has begun investing in agtech companies with its most recent fund.

Since announcing the Ag Innovation Fund, the firm has invested in four Iowa companies: Agrisync, Rantizo, SwineTech and Tractor Zoom.

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AgriView: Ag tech shines at AgTech Day


November 8, 2018

Several companies that have developed new agricultural technologies talked to investors about those new technologies at AgTech Venture Day, held Oct. 2 in Johnson Creek.

Rantizo has designed an electrostatic sprayer that charges particles and causes them to coat plant leaves. That provides for even coverage at decreased application volumes – as little as 1 ounce per acre.

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AgroNews: Rantizo to launch innovation electrostatic sprayers around UAV agrichemical application


October 28, 2018

Currently, most farmers and custom applicators spray agrichemicals on their fields behind slow-moving tractors. The process is clunky, labor intensive, time sensitive and even dangerous at times. Admittedly, this common system works, but it is costly and leads to overuse of agrichemicals. Overuse of chemicals leads to resistance and makes it hard to kill superweeds. Farmers would like to apply agrichemicals at a variable rate and spot spray, but existing technology makes it hard to accomplish this.

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Clay & Milk: Rantizo Bringing Drone Tech to Ag Industry

Rantizo drone technology

October 15, 2018

Instead of using heavy tractors that can compress crops and spray gallons of liquid, Rantizo uses drones mounted with sprayers that send out electrically-charged droplets, which will enable liquid chemicals to wrap around and stick to plants.

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SPN: Rantizo Reduces Farmers Need For Chemicals

Rantizo electrostatic agrichemical sprayer drone

September 27, 2018

Spraying chemicals to control weeds and insects can be a time consuming part of agricultural work, as well as an expensive one. The Iowa City startup Rantizo, which is currently going through the Iowa Startup Accelerator, hopes to streamline the process using drones and electrostatic sprays for application of chemicals.

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AgPro: Rantizo Drone Targets Weeds With Precision

Drone spraying in field

September 24, 2018

After concluding our initial field trials in 2018, the Rantizo technology platform was featured on Farm Journal's, Ag Professional website. In this article Rantizo CEO, Michael Ott explains the Rantizo solution complete with drones, electrostatic sprayers, and agrichemical cartridges. 

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Rantizo Speaks at InterDrone 2018


September 5, 2018

Precision spraying in agriculture is needed due to the lack of effectiveness of existing agrichemicals. Decades of use (and overuse) have led to chemical resistance and superweeds. Precision in spraying will lead to more efficient use of chemicals and labor as well as reduced exposure to increasingly toxic agrichemicals. 

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Rantizo Looks to Drones as Ag’s Next Frontier


July 3, 2018

The drones are a mesmerizing sight as they crisscross the fields in a seemingly orchestrated ballet, covering large swaths of land without releasing any mist at all, and then dispersing a barely visible trail. Once in a while, a drone diverts back to base, where it lands to refuel.

This scene is closer to reality than you might think.

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Rantizo Speaks at Drone Focus 2018


April 31, 2018

Autonomous systems are no longer a thing of the past but rather, the future is now. Drone Focus believes in the potential of Unmanned Systems and the opportunities the industry creates for entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. Rantizo presented at the conference, alongside major players in the industry such as NASA, John Deere, and Microsoft.

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Iowa Startup Power Rankings for April


April 30, 2018

We were featured in the Clay and Milk Start Up Power Rankings for April!  Rantizo placed #1 on the chart due to our performance at the AGLaunch Start Up Contest. 

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Rantizo: Precision Drone Spraying


April 11, 2018 


Be more effective while doing less…it’s what the AgTech startup Rantizo is attempting to do in the spraying industry. 

“We revolutionize the spraying industry,” Co-founder Michael Ott told Clay & Milk. “Agriculture spraying is a big business and has big problems.”

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Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa City Drone Sprayer Company Gets Attention in Memphis


 April 10, 2018 

Michael Ott can see a future where a fleet of drones flies over a farm field, doing the same work planes and tractors do today.

A co-founder of Rantizo, a agriculture-technology startup, Ott and business partner Matthew Beckwith are working on a way for farmers to more precisely deliver chemicals, such as fertilizer, to their fields...

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USDA Secretary Perdue Meets AgLaunch Startups at Mid-South Farm and Gin Show


March 7, 2018 

Secretary Sonny Perdue met with three AgLaunch startup companies as part of the AgLaunch Startup Station weekend held as part of the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show at the Cook Convention Center. Secretary Perdue attended the Farm and Gin Show to announce a new cost share program for cotton producers....

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Rantizo Wins AgLaunch Startup Station Pitch Contest


March 8, 2018: 

Rantizo, a targeted drone sprayer company focused on agriculture, won the AgLaunch Startup Station Pitch Contest in Memphis, Tennessee on March 2nd. Rantizo will receive an all-expense paid trip and dedicated spot to pitch at the 2018 Farm Journal AgTech Expo in Indianapolis. 

The AgLaunch Startup Station boasted fifteen of the most innovative agricultural technology entrepreneurs from across the country to showcase how their ideas will shape the future of food and agriculture.  

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AgWeb: Shark Tank eyes hottest agriculture technology


March 7, 2018

Want to peek behind the curtain at tomorrow’s hottest farming technology? Look no further than agriculture’s shark tank.

Pedal to the floor and tires smoking, AgLaunch provided a lively shark tank-type forum for 15 vanguard technologies covering all facets of agriculture on March 2 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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