Drones for farming – so much more than mapping…

In an earlier post we saw how drones can be used to create detailed maps. They can even achieve 3D rendering of buildings in a landscape. But with the right hardware – and, of course, the right software – they can do much, much more. Especially for farming businesses.

An aerial view of a field won’t, at first sight, tell you much about what’s in it. But with a service like that provided by, for example, Agremo, it can become a goldmine of information. Their cloud-based software can take a drone image and analyse it to reveal surprisingly detailed information about the crops it shows.

Putting aerial views to work

Analysis can show how many plants there are in a given area, what the sowing quality is like, and what potential yield will be. Analysis of plant stress can reveal how internal and external parameters are affecting the crop in its later stages of growth. The software can identify weeds and pests – and work out how best to deal with them before they become a problem. It can analyse disease in a crop. Estimate flowering potential. Check nitrogen status, meaning the farmer can spend less on fertiliser, fuel and machinery. Even identify drought patches – or areas that are waterlogged.

And it can do all that using images from a conventional drone.

Satellite vs drone

If you’re a farmer it’s entirely possible that you’re already using satellite services, and getting good information as a result.

Even so, there may well be occasions when you need to focus on a specific area in greater detail. And that’s where drone photography could offer particular benefits.

Of course, it helps if you’re working with an experienced drone operator, using top quality equipment. After all, your results will only be really accurate (and useful) if you start out with sharp, high-resolution images.

Agremo say that to date their software has analysed ‘over 100 plant and crop types, including corn, wheat, soybeans, sugarcane, sugar beets, potatoes, and forest trees’. The only condition they set is that the minimum plant height  is 12 cm (5 inches). 

If that kind of analysis could help your farming business, we’d be delighted to discuss your specific needs.

Just give us a call on 07971 519729 or send us an email.

 

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