North Dakota is an attractive place, because the state is a leading honey producer and has a large amount of sunflowers. Director of the UAS program, Paul Snyder: "Bee Innovative wants to combine with us and use the expertise at UND, not just in UAS but in earth systems science, policy and agriculture.”
The company is using the technology to identify bee disease and optimize pollination patterns in Australia. In North Dakota, Bee Innovative would attach their "BeeDar" technology to an unmanned aircraft to identify where bees go and where researchers should place hives.
Preliminary studies have shown "huge yield increases" with the correct placement of hives, Snyder said. "The initial study done in Australia was with blueberries, and the yield and size of blueberries increased. The cost to harvest went down because of the bigger size.”
Grandforksherald.com further quoted Snyder as saying: "We're combining their expertise and our expertise to solve problems and find solutions that could really help state of North Dakota. That's what's cool to me. I'm hoping we can bring it to fruition."