Drone Services fill a gap between manned aerial inspections and traditional fieldwork. Visible, NIR and NDVI aerial data can produce prescription maps to aid growers in determining crop stress levels, drought indicators, temperature effects, water fertilizer variation and more.
Our Drone Services platform represent a workable precision agricultural tool from which growers can determine the suitability of croplands and detect diseases and other stress-related conditions. Specific spectral data gives information in order to rapidly survey the land below. The data is immediately actionable, telling growers overall vegetative health, where and when to plant their valuable crop and irrigation and water management.
From the ability to image, recreate, and analyze individual leaves on a soybean plant from 400 feet, to getting information on the water-holding capacity of soil, to variable-rate water applications drones can deliver ROI for both growers and crop consultants alike.
Mid-Season Crop Health Monitoring (aka Scouting): The ability to inspect in-progress crops from on high with Normalized Difference Vegetative Index (NDVI) or near-infrared (NIR) sensors is a prime use for drones in farming.
Drones allow for coverage of more acres, as well as the capturing of data that cannot be seen by the human eye (NDVI). Plus, it removes much of the human error aspect of traditional scouting.
Irrigation Equipment Monitoring: Managing multiple irrigation pivots is much easier, especially for large growers that have many fields spread out across a county or region. Once crops like corn begin reaching certain heights, mid-season inspections of the nozzles and sprinklers on irrigation equipment that deliver much-needed water really becomes easier and more reliable.
Mid-Field Weed Identification: Using NDVI sensor data and post-flight image processing to create a weed map, growers and their agronomists can easily differentiate areas of high-intensity weed proliferation from the healthy crops growing right alongside them. Historically, many growers haven’t realized how pronounced their weed problem was until harvest time.
Variable-Rate Fertility: Refine your applications of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium with our drones. Use NDVI maps to direct in-season fertilizer applications on corn and other crops. By using drone-generated, variable-rate application (VRA) maps to determine the strength of nutrient uptake within a single field, the farmer can apply 60 pounds of fertilizer to the struggling areas, 50 pounds to the medium areas, and 40 pounds to the healthy areas, decreasing fertilizer costs and boosting yields.
Cattle Herd Monitoring: Drones are a solid option for monitoring herds from overhead, tracking the quantity and activity level of animals on one’s property.
Drone Precision Agriculture
Kyle is getting in some pilot time on his Family Farm in Idaho. More videos coming....