Drone Crop Inspecting (NDVI)

Climate change effects on the agriculture industry are presenting growers and agronomists with ever mounting problems when it comes to managing fields and crops.

Because farmers no longer rely on historical records of seasonal rain and temperatures to plan crop irrigation and rotation strategies the use of drone aerial mapping technology could not have presented itself at a better time to aid in yielding better quality crops for farmers, whilst saving them lots of money. Drone Aerial Mapping and Crop Inspecting technology has significantly reduced the time it takes to gather the information necessary to make essential decisions.

GPS assisted Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) with collision protection and active camera stabilisation equipped with specialised imaging equipment (such as thermal imaging cameras) cut costs, deliver efficiencies and save time. Gone are the days when farmers has to pay for incredibly expensive crewed aircraft (such as helicopters) or cover every square inch of their fields on their hands and knees to monitor crops and take samples for measurement.

Used in combination with the latest software for calculating NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index), drone aerial mapping data captured on a frequent basis can assist farmers in mapping the health and vitality of crops, by monitoring such things as sunlight absorption and transpiration rates (plant physiology).

Observing changes over time enables farmers to perfect irrigation schedules and make accurate yield predictions, whilst gaining real-time insights into disease, weed and pest activity. This improves yields by identifying issues and allows farmers to take immediate action. Often at the beginning of a season before it’s too late.

Grazier tending livestock can also benefit from using remotely piloted aircraft to monitor herd separation. Twice daily inspections of cattle movements to detect calving activity can be a time consuming and punishing task when relying on motorbikes and four wheel drives. Using a drone, this task can be reduced to less than 15 minutes allowing increased monitoring frequency whilst reducing wear and tear on farm vehicles. Theft detection is also made possible by providing an easy means to regularly count stock numbers.

Call Drone Services Australia today to find out more information regarding the future of your farm and crops.

All of our drone aerial mapping pilots are fully insured, licensed and experienced UAV controllers.