If precision technology has driven the farming revolution of recent years, monitoring crops from the sky will drive the next. The applications of drones are expanding with each passing minute and agriculture is no exception. The technology of unmanned aircrafts can be used for collecting valuable information in the agriculture sector, which can be used to avoid damage caused by numerous reasons.
The factor that makes drones the best option for precise farming is the cost effectiveness of these unmanned devices. The cheaper cost as compared to airplanes and helicopters makes UAVs the optimum choice for carrying out valuable research which can help in the enhancement of production. With a UAV you can capture highly accurate images of your fields, covering up to hundreds of hectares/acres in a single flight without the cost and hassle of manned services, at a far greater resolution than satellite imagery provides, even when there is cloud cover.
Crop Health Monitoring The ability to inspect in-progress crops from on high with sensors is, thus far, the #1 use for drones in farming. A task that traditionally was done by walking fields with notepad in hand, drones now allow for coverage of more acres, as well as the capturing of data that cannot be seen by the human eye. Plus, it removes much of the human error aspect of traditional scouting.
How does it function: The drone automatically collects the required information and returns to land if it detects that the conditions are not feasible. It is difficult for farmers to collect data about their farms because of the large area over which farms are spread. Drones can collect information regarding a very large area within a very small amount of time. This app is the key to boosting yields, cutting costs, and driving your business forwards. It highlights exactly which areas of crop need closer examination – meaning less time spent scouting, and more time treating the plants that need it.
- Match observations & assessments with survey data
- Land improvements – design & install drainage system, buffer strips, etc.
- Move livestock Modify chemical treatment strategy & timing
- Make necessary repairs or replace problematic machinery
- Change farming practices Land management – take ground in or out of production, rotate crops, etc.
- Monitoring and assessment of crop yield
- Monitoring and testing the fertilizer requirements