Bee Innovative matches up with UND and state known for drones, sunflowers and honeybees

What do you get when you combine the top sunflower-producing state in the U.S. with the top state for honeybees and an innovative Australian startup company collaborating with the University of North Dakota, one of the nation’s leading universities for drone research and development?

“It’s the perfect trifecta!” exclaimed Amy Whitney, director of UND’s Center for Innovation, after describing how the University, state government and the agriculture industry worked to bring Bee Innovative from Australia to North Dakota, the state leading the U.S. in sunflower and honey production.

This summer, Bee Innovative will begin testing a concept known as precision pollination by using drones equipped with its BeeDar technology to track bees and monitor two sunflower fields in the Bismarck, N.D., area. A U.S. trial will provide a case study for farms growing pollination-dependent crops