2016 Itinerary for Monday Tour

Tour sponsored by John Deere
2016 Pre-Conference Tour (Subject to change)
Time Action/Event
Travel: Union Station to
Tour Cortex, CIC, and
Travel: to Sydenstricker
John Deere Dealership
Lunch and Tour
Sydenstricker Dealership
2:00 Travel: to Airstrip
UAS Demonstrations at
Spirits of St. Louis Airstrip
4:20 Travel: to Union Station
5:00 Arrive at Union Station

Monday Tour Details

The pre-conference tour will be Monday, August 1, 2016. The tour will leave Union Station at 9:00am and return by approximately 5:00pm. The tour will visit three locations featuring a wide range of technology. Please note: these stops and times are subject to change.

Bus transportation, lunch, and beverages will be provided. ATTENDEE NOTE: The beginning of August is a very hot and humid time of the year for St. Louis. Please dress for the weather including comfortable shoes (No open toe, sandals or flip flops) as there are uneven walking surfaces with some possible slip/trip hazards.

Stop 1: Cortex

We will get to walk around the campus and learn about Cortex and the companies that gather here to develop their ideas into realities.
The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets.
Founded in 2002, Cortex is the Midwest’s premier innovation hub of bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies.

Components of Cortex

Cortex provides state-of-the-art biomedical science and overall technology research facilities to hatch some of the nation’s most promising technological advances. Cortex offers customizable lab and office space for rent, proximity to world-class research institutions, availability of a highly-trained workforce, and access to venture capital.



Cambridge Innovation Center - CIC St. Louis
In addition to serving startup technology and life sciences companies, CIC also welcomes companies that support innovation in fields such as public relations, law, and the academic community.

The Venture Cafe - St. Louis
Innovation is fueled by conversation, collaboration, and storytelling. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.

Stop 2: Sydenstricker John Deere Dealership

Sydenstricker John Deere Dealership includes ten stores in north east Missouri. Last year they welcomed the InfoAg Tour with a wonderful lunch, informative presentations, and time to learn more about Deere precision equipment with a full range of tractors, combines, and implements on display.


Lunch provided by John Deere.

Stop 3: UAS Demonstrations

Our third stop of the day will be at a model air strip in the Mississippi River bottoms. We will have a variety of UAS demonstrations. Each vendor will have some time to talk about their product. Fly it. And after each vendors does their demonstration, we will open it up for Q & A and allow participants time to visit with all the vendors. 
Vendors to Demo Equipment 


Nathan Stein

senseFly will demonstrate the eBee Ag with the newly integrated Sequoia sensor from Parrot. Sequoia is the smallest, lightest multispectral sensor ever released. It captures images across four defined, visible and non-visible spectral bands, plus RGB imagery, in just one flight.


Scorpion Drones

Scorpion Drones

Gabrial Baigorria
Inspire 1 NDVI Mapping Drone
Scorpion Drones offer Drone Pro System is the next level crop scouting NDVI drone system, easy to operate and built specifically for sale with agriculture professionals. Includes DJI Inspire 1 V2 with modified NDVI X3 camera, Single Remote Controller, and custom carbon fiber body. The Scorpion Drones Pro uses cutting edge near infrared NDVI UAV camera technology, allowing anyone to easily crop scout hundreds of acres and get actionable data in a matter of minutes. When matched with a current DroneDeploy subscription, our Inspire X3 NDVI camera conversion leads a new generation of precision agriculture UAVs.


Colin Downing, Pilot; Kris Poulson, Presenter
Sentera has over 200 years of combined experience with UAVs and developed a way to transform a DJI Phantom 3, Phantom 4, or Inspire UAV into a precision scouting tool with its NDVI Upgrade. With an NDVI Upgrade, Sentera integrates a Single Sensor into the DJI UAV while retaining the DJI stock camera functionality. The NDVI Upgrade allows a farmer to capture RGB, NIR, and NDVI data simultaneously and provides affordable precision agriculture solutions to every farmer, regardless of budget. Sentera’s NDVI Upgrade offers the industry an end-to-end NDVI solution and is completely compatible with Sentera’s AgVault™ Software solution – allowing growers to view crop health data while in the field and without an internet connection. Sentera also designs and manufactures its own fixed with UAV, the Phoenix 2 - stop by booth 27 to check it out.


Thomas Haun & Nat Hyde
PrecisionHawk is a terrestrial data acquisition and analysis company founded in 2010. The company provides an end-to-end solution using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for data collection and analysis software tools to deliver better business intelligence. PrecisionHawk investors include Intel Capital, DuPont, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Verizon Ventures, a subsidiary of USAA, NTT Docomo Ventures, Yamaha Motor and Indiana University's Innovate Indiana Fund. In May 2016, PrecisionHawk announced a partnership with DJI, the largest consumer drone company in the world, to offer the Smarter Farming Package: a drone and data bundle consisting of DJI’s Matrice quad-copter hardware and PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper cloud-based analysis software. Using a smartphone, users can automatically fly the drone to capture agricultural data including plant count, plant height, NFVI, canopy cover and much more. 



Founded in Colorado, in 2013, Agribotix delivers agricultural intelligence to increase yields and profits using drone-enabled technologies. All Agribotix solutions include FarmLens™, the leading cloud-based data analysis and reporting solution for people using drones in agriculture. Outputs include Field Health reports for drone-enabled crop scouting, prescription maps for in-season fertilization, and specialized reporting. The FarmLens™ solution is available separately or in a bundled system including a drone. We will be demonstrating our new affordable, portable Agrion drone system built on the DJI drone platform.  The Agrion system has one of the shortest time from arriving at a field to getting in the air. The case is designed so it is not necessary to remove the props. And the DJI Drone is known for its quick satellite acquisition and ease of use. After a flight, pack up takes seconds. More time to survey more fields.


Kyle Miller & Josh Skanderup