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Agricultural drones provide growers, service providers, and ag researchers a fast and efficient way to scout their crops, identify stress, create treatment plans, track plant growth, and much more.
Using high-resolution RGB cameras and professional multispectral sensors, drones like the Dji can detect and quantify crop health problems early on. These valuable insights can reduce input costs and boost yield.
Benefits of drones and sensors in agriculture
Scout your fields in less time
Drones provide an immediate snapshot of a field in a fraction of the time it would take to scout on foot. Cover hundreds of hectares in a single flight, capturing data that helps detect and identify variability and areas of crop stress.
Capture precise data that drives decisions and actions
Use drone data to generate prescription maps and plans, focusing treatments more efficiently and reducing costs. Gain insights that complement other agronomic tools. E.g., for soil / leaf sampling, instead of randomized sampling, drone data can direct you to the best places to sample, saving time and money.
Efficiently track crops over time, for research or production
Track how crops are progressing from emergence through harvest. Accurately monitor fields for phenotyping and other research applications. Periodic capture of calibrated data from professional multispectral sensors offers insights into crop health regardless of illumination changes, giving you the needed data to derive quantitative trends.
A quality drone and multispectral camera system can detect disease and stress early (sometimes before it is visible from the ground or with standard color cameras). Use this information, coupled with proven agronomic methods, to focus your treatment plans.
Plant counting and crop emergence
High resolution cameras on drones, and plant-counting algorithms can accurately and efficiently provide inventory information, track crop emergence, drive replanting decisions and help predict yield
Irrigation monitoring and planning
Use drone maps, digital surface models, and terrain models for irrigation and drainage management. Multispectral data can also help identify leaky irrigation pipes or areas that need more water.
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