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Deveron and A & L Canada Launch Drone Driven Soil Sampling Solution for North American Agriculture

Toronto and London, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 14, 2018) - Deveron UAS Corp. (CSE: DVR) ("Deveron" or the "Company") and A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., ("A & L") are pleased to announce a new product offering geared towards an innovative, cost-effective approach to sampling soil across North American farms.

The product offering will use high-resolution in-season imagery data collected by UAV ("Drone") to drive and create site-specific soil sampling points on farms. This collection method uses science, data, and analytics to plan and target optimum soil sampling points across the 400 million acres of farmland in North America.

Market and Markets reports a growing agricultural testing market to be valued at over $6 billion USD globally by 2022, with soil testing on farmland dominating the category.

Farmers, ag retailers, and consultants can use soil data to make data-driven decisions around the use of fertilizer and inputs and where to maximize input efficiency on the land. Bundled drone data and soil sampling also provide a data collection option that is cost-effective and scalable when compared to traditional grid soil sampling methods. Clients will also be able to leverage the high-resolution imagery data as another important layer in their growing precision agriculture program and to augment measures to improve soil health.

Drone driven soil sampling is the first product launch between the alliance of A & L and Deveron announced September 12, 2018. Both companies are collaborating to develop several value-added imagery data and mapping products.

"We are thrilled to be bundling our high-resolution imagery data with soil data," commented Deveron's President & CEO, David MacMillan. "A &L has revolutionized this new approach to soil sampling and we are excited about its potential to improve farm yields and data-driven decision making on farms throughout North America in 2019."

"A & L's expertise and capabilities are an excellent match with Deveron's data collection and analytic platforms," commented Greg Patterson, CEO, and Founder of A & L Canada. "I look forward to working with Deveron to bring the next wave of novel services and technologies to our customers."

To sign-up for and receive further information on this new product and enhance your agricultural soil sampling program, click here.

About Deveron UAS:

Deveron is a leading drone data services company providing powerful data applications and analytics to the agricultural community. Drone data helps farmers reduce costs and increase both yields and profit using sophisticated Unmanned Aerial Systems ("UAS" or "drones"), sensors, software, and analytics. Deveron's drone imagery service network allows farmers in North America to obtain on-demand, actionable data so they can make timely production decisions with the use of ultrahigh-resolution data. The Company is focused on building a standardized network of pilots, drones, and sensors to provide data to decision makers in the farming industry.


A&L Customers Can Now Access Their Test Data Easier Than Ever

A&L Laboratories has updated and improved the way clients can access their reports, soil test results & analysis.

LONDON, ON - November 13, 2018 - To easily access their A&L soil test data, customers can now log in to the updated A&L Laboratories online DataWeb client portal or can view their soil data via the Climate FieldView™ platform.

The new, updated A&L DataWeb Client Portal is now live, offering customers a more comprehensive and easier-to-use access of A&L Reports and Analysis https://services.alcanada.com/dataweb2018/login.

The new portal:

  • Can be customized for personal use
  • Has expanded availability of A&L reports (not just soils)
  • Allows for access to precision ag maps
  • Allows users to access past Reports for in-depth analysis
  • A brief online training video is also available to help clients quickly access and utilize the portal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RAA6zQFd6g.

    A&L Laboratories has also partnered with The Climate Corporation, a Bayer company, which will enable clients who use Climate FieldView to view their A&L soil test results and analysis.The FieldView platform aims to let farmer users consolidate all their data in one place with connectivity across many equipment types, makes, models and systems, so you can easily collect, store and view field data for more of the inputs growers manage through the season.

    "Over the past two growing seasons, Canadian farmers across millions of acres have experienced the value of the Climate FieldView platform's data-driven, digital tools to help address the many decisions they make each year to optimize productivity," said Denise Hockaday, Canada business lead for The Climate Corporation. "A&L Laboratories is an ideal partner with their approach to enhancing growers' outcomes, strong industry partnerships, and customer focus."

    "Climate FieldView has a growing market presence in the collection and sharing of digital on-farm data as more farmers employ a digital strategy for their farm. Visibility of A&L soil tests results and analysis on FieldView allows farmers easy access to their field level data," said Nevin McDougall, A&L Labs' President, and CCO. "It's great to deliver solutions for farmers by partnering with innovative companies in the industry. We're excited about the future of agriculture."

    About The Climate Corporation

    The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Bayer, aims to help all the world's farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. The integrated Climate FieldView digital agriculture platform provides farmers with a comprehensive, connected suite of digital tools. Bringing together seamless field data collection, advanced agronomic modeling, and local weather monitoring into simple mobile and web software solutions, the Climate FieldView platform gives farmers a deeper understanding of their fields so they can make more informed operating decisions to optimize yields, maximize efficiency and reduce risk. For more information, please visit www.climate.com and follow the company on Twitter @climatecorp.


    Ontario-based common scab research survey approved

    Research that would help determine what species and strains of the common scab bacterium are prevalent in Ontario is underway, according to Eugenia Banks, potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board.

    The research would be a provincial survey of potato fields that will help provide an Ontario context to common scab, a soil-borne disease that attacks the stems, stolons, roots and emerging tubers of the potato. The Ontario Potato Board submitted the research project proposal to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program and received approval last spring.

    The project will involve the collection of 50 soil samples from across the province. A & L Laboratories, based out of London, Ont., will analyze soil DNA data to identify the common scab species and strains present. Understanding the species and strains can help producers because each strain responds differently to management practices aimed at reducing the common scab. If certain strains are present in certain areas in Ontario, this will help narrow down the most effective management recommendations for growers.

    Banks has already gathered a third of the soil samples and is reaching out to Ontario potato growers who are interested in participating in the survey. Grower and farm names will be kept confidential and you can contact Eugenia Banks at eugeniabanks@onpotato.ca.


    Norm Dueck Joins A & L Laboratories as Agronomy and Business Development Representative

    LONDON, ONTARIO -- OCTOBER 29, 2018 -- A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., an innovative leader in agricultural services and technologies, is pleased to announce Norm Dueck will represent the company as Agronomy and Business Development Representative for the British Columbia market.

    Mr. Dueck has over 20 years of agronomy and business experience in the agricultural industry working in both ag retail and consulting settings. Norm is CCA certified from Olds College and received agronomy training from the University of Saskatchewan. Norm's agronomy and business background makes him ideally suited to support the clients of A & L Canada Laboratories.

    "A & L Canada is at the threshold of launching several new products to support the growth and sustainability of the agricultural industry. I look forward to having Norm support our team to bring this next wave of novel services and technologies to our customers," said Greg Patterson, CEO, and founder of A & L Canada Laboratories.


    A & L Laboratories to Expand Representation in Western Canada

    LONDON, ONTARIO -- OCTOBER 9, 2018 -- A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., an innovative leader in analytical services and technologies, is pleased to announce expansion of customer service in Western Canada with establishment of dedicated company representatives effective January 1, 2019.

    For several years, A & L Laboratories has worked in an alliance with Taurus Agricultural Marketing to bring services and solutions to clients across Western Canada. The business has evolved such that A & L will transition to dedicated company representatives to meet customer needs and requirements. New A & L trained experts will be employed in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia by January 2019. Until that time, all customer service inquiries will continue to be handled by Taurus Agricultural Marketing.

    To meet the agriculture industry's growing needs for laboratory and agronomic services and to support the launch of new A & L products, the company is focusing on increasing service with a strong emphasis on staff training and innovative client support systems.

    "A & L Laboratories is evolving to support the growing analytical needs of our clients. We look forward to having A & L Laboratories staff in place to further support and add value to our customers." said Greg Patterson, CEO and founder of A & L Canada Laboratories. "We have enjoyed a successful relationship with Taurus and this change allows continued development for both companies".

    Details on company representatives and contact information will be provided to A & L clients in January 2019.


    Brian Coutts joins A & L Laboratories as Strategy and Business Development Manager

    LONDON, ONTARIO -- OCTOBER 2, 2018 -- A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., an innovative leader in analytical services and technologies, is pleased to announce Brian Coutts will join the company as Strategy and Business Development Manager for the Food & Pharma industries. Brian will also support strategic development of the A&L business in other key business categories.

    Brian has over 25 years of business and leadership experience working with a range of service-oriented organizations, supporting customers to utilize diverse technologies and innovations. His experience in delivering exceptional customer service will complement the services A & L brings to clients across the Food, Pharma and Agricultural sectors. Brian is CCA certified and graduate of the University of Guelph.

    "A&L Laboratories is continuing to enhance our customer experience and preparing to launch several new products to support the growth of our clients. We look forward to having Brian join our team to help bring innovative services and technologies to our customers," said Greg Patterson, CEO and founder of A & L Canada Laboratories.


    A & L Laboratories Launches Expanded Disease Diagnostic and Management Services

    Stop by booth #356 at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference on October 3 & 4th in Niagara Falls.

    LONDON, ONTARIO -- SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 -- A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., an innovative leader in agricultural services and technologies, is pleased to announce an expanded portfolio of Greenhouse Disease Diagnostic and Management Services. To learn more, visit A & L at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls on October 3rd & 4th, 2018, booth #356. "Our expanded range of products and services of Greenhouse Disease Management Diagnostics compliments existing capabilities to help growers accurately identify and manage disease challenges and maximizing greenhouse productivity," said Greg Patterson, CEO of A & L. Not only is A & L well positioned in the industry to help greenhouse growers with agronomic advice for disease management, our expertise and world-class facility provide a full-service chemical and microbiological diagnostics laboratory for water, soil, environment and cannabis. "Our expanded diagnostic portfolio reflects our capabilities to develop very specific diagnostic methodologies using the state-of-the-art molecular technologies," said Dr. Keri Wang, Microbiology Lab Manager, A & L Canada.


    A & L Canada and Deveron Announce Strategic Alliance

    LONDON and TORONTO, ON -- SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 -- A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., and Deveron UAS Corp. (CSE: DVR), both innovative leaders in agricultural services and technologies, are pleased to announce the companies will form a strategic alliance working towards completion of a definitive collaboration agreement.

    The alliance between the companies considers several elements including cross promotion of existing services, joint development of value-add imaging and mapping products, and future development of remote sensing data integration services for farm clients. The goal of the alliance is to advance crop data collection, analysis and interpretation for enhanced farm productivity.

    "Data, analytics, and insights have always been the driving factors of our vision in building Deveron as a leading drone data company in North America," commented Deveron's President & CEO, David MacMillan. "A&L has a deep base in soil & plant science, analytics, and agronomy which will allow both companies to develop and offer complementary product offerings that are rooted in improving farm yields".

    "A & L expertise and capabilities are an excellent match with Deveron's data collection and analytic platforms. I look forward to working with Deveron to bring this next wave of novel services and technologies to our customers," said Greg Patterson, CEO, and founder of A & L Canada Laboratories.

    About Deveron UAS

    Deveron is a leading drone data services company providing powerful data applications and analytics to the agricultural community. Drone data helps farmers reduce costs and increase both yields and profit using sophisticated Unmanned Aerial Systems ("UAS" or "drones"), sensors, software, and analytics. Deveron's drone imagery service network allows farmers in North America to obtain on-demand, actionable data so they can make timely production decisions with the use of ultrahigh-resolution data. The Company is focused on building a standardized network of pilots, drones, and sensors to provide data to decision makers in the farming industry.


    New VitTellus Soil Health Test Now Available

    A next generation Soil Health Test providing actionable strategies for improved nutrient utilization and higher yields.

    LONDON, ONTARIO -- SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 -- Traditional soil tests measure the chemical properties of soil, and that is helpful. But soil is a living, dynamic and continually changing ecosystem requiring a more holistic approach to determining optimal and sustainable management practices. By digging deeper into the physical and biological interactions we can make improved agronomic recommendations for higher yields and great profit. The A & L research agronomy team has developed and launched VitTellus Soil Health, next-generation Soil Health Test and recommendation package to help farmers and crop consultants make more informed decisions on the application of nutrients, and managing and improving their soil. The VitTellus Soil Health test is available worldwide and can be accessed through the VitTellus website.

    The world-class research team at A & L focused on identifying and understanding the soil microbiological-plant relationship and how it influences crop productivity. Through 8 years of intensive trials and research, working closely with growers and industry worldwide, A & L has developed VitTellus processes and analytics. Through this research, key Soil Health parameters have been confirmed and demonstrated to have over 90 percent correlation to crop yields.

    "Unraveling the complexity of soil science for agriculture leads to more productive approaches and result in healthier soil, stronger plants and greater returns for the farmer and society. This is a worthwhile, long view endeavor, we strongly encourage farmers to truly get to know their soils for their longstanding success," said Greg Patterson, C.C.A., Founder and CEO of A & L. We are proud of all the research and development work coming out A & L Labs and are committed and passionate about sharing our knowledge for the advancement of the industry.

    The VitTellus Soil Health Components:

  • VitTellus Soil Health Report + Index
  • Solvita CO2 Test Results
  • A & L Crop Recommendations
  • Online Portal for Access for Reports
  • Live Expert Customer Support
  • Click here to submit an order for a VitTellus Soil Health Test. Additional soil health tests are available. For more information please visit our website http://www.vittellus.com/ or call us toll free 1-855-837-8347. You can follow us on Twitter at @VitTellus.


    Nevin McDougall Joins A & L Laboratories to Help Drive Growth Plans

    LONDON, ONTARIO -- SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 -- A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., an innovative leader in agricultural services and technologies, is pleased to announce Nevin McDougall has joined the company as President and Chief Commercial Officer. Nevin will work alongside Greg Patterson, CEO and company founder, to drive the strategic growth of the company.

    Mr. McDougall brings over 25 years of leadership experience and commercial success across the agricultural industry. He has worked in senior executive roles with leading companies such as BASF and La Coop federee in Canadian, US and international markets. McDougall's industry background, business acumen and extensive network makes him ideally suited to support the growth ambitions of A & L Canada Laboratories.

    McDougall has both Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master's in Business Administration degrees from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

    "I am thrilled to join A & L Labs to support the growth and the value we bring to our clients. The company has a great reputation providing excellent service and valuable insights to its customers. I look forward to launching the exciting new, innovative solutions needed by the agricultural community" said McDougall.

    "A & L has aggressively invested in research and development and we are at the threshold of launching several new products and services to impact the growth and sustainability of the agricultural industry. I look forward to having Nevin join our team and working with me to take A & L to the next level with our customers." said Patterson, CEO and founder of A&L Canada Laboratories.


    Chris Meier joins A & L Canada as Agronomy and Business Development Manager

    London, Ontario -- August 30, 2018 -- A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., an innovative leader in agricultural services and technologies, is pleased to announce Chris Meier will join the company as Agronomy and Business Development Manager for Eastern Canada. Chris succeeds Dan Clarke who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

    Chris has over 30 years of agronomy and business experience in the agricultural industry working in a wide range of sectors. His experience in feed, seeds, crop protection, and biologicals gives him Ontario broad base expertise from which to support the services A & L brings to clients across Eastern Canada. Chris is CCA certified and possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph.

    "A & L Canada is preparing to launch several new products to support the growth and sustainability of the agricultural industry. We look forward to having Chris join our team to help bring innovative services and technologies to our customers," said Greg Patterson, CEO and founder of A & L Canada Laboratories.


    Case DeYoung assumes role of Horticulture Specialist and Business Development Manager

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN and LONDON, ON -- AUGUST 27, 2018 -- A & L Canada Laboratories Inc., an innovative leader in agricultural services and technologies, is pleased to announce Case DeYoung will represent the company as Horticulture Specialist and Business Development Manager for the U.S. market.

    Mr. DeYoung joins A & L with over 30 years of agronomy and business experience in the agricultural industry. Case began his career as a researcher with Michigan State University before commencing his business career with Wilbur-Ellis throughout Michigan and the Eastern United States. Case's research and business background makes him ideally suited to support the clients of A & L. He earned his bachelor's degree in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University.

    "A & L is at the threshold of launching several new products to support the growth and sustainability of the agricultural industry. I look forward to having Case on our team to bring this next wave of novel services and technologies to our customers," said Greg Patterson, CEO, and founder of A & L Canada Laboratories.


    Fanshawe College Develops Organic Material Testing Robot for A&L Canada

    Check out the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VcHhS8Jcl4


    Agdia Online Ordering is available now

    Agdia is the leading provider of plant disease diagnostics in the industry with a comprehensive line of testing products that are used worldwide. If you want to work with a testing provider that was built and has grown on the principle of confidence, test with Agdia.

    All ImmunoStrips Test Kits (ISK) include buffer filled mesh bags needed to complete the test and are offered in sizes of 5 and 25 tests. The online ordering system allows you to choose ImmunoStrips on the website, save items in shopping cart, and pay online. Learn more


    A&L Newsletter - June 2018

    Check out our newsletter for June 2018! Click here to view PDF


    Cannabis Online Submission Tutorial

    A quick walk through on how to use our new Cannabis Online Submission Module. Click here to watch video


    Check out our Mobile apps

    mobile apps are available on Android and iOS platforms, and you will find the download link on mobile app page. Learn more


    A&L Scissor Cut Samples 2018

    Growing Degree Days is a measurement of the accumulation of heat based on mean daily temperature above 5 C. There is a correlation between growing degree days and plant maturity. By tracking the feed analysis (Protein, ADF, NDF, Lignin, RFV) and growing degree days we can estimate the optimum harvest date of a forage crop. Learn more