Precision Agriculture

Real-Time Monitoring and Analysis

One of the most useful tasks drones can take on is remote monitoring and analysis of fields and crops.  Imagine the benefits of using a small fleet of drones instead of a team of workers spending hours on their feet or in a vehicle travelling back and forth across the field to visually check crop conditions.
Farm Guide

This is where the connected farm is essential, as all this data needs to be seen to be useful. Farmers can review the data, and only make personal trips out into the fields when there is a specific issue that needs their attention, rather than wasting time and effort by tending to healthy plants.In order to have more knowledge about the health and uniformity of your crop, imaging technology is at your fingertips that can pinpoint where an area is not getting its full share of water, nutrients or sunlight, allowing you to compensate your agriculture methods for improved productivity and increased profit.

  • Cost-effective way to spray for pests and deseases, manage crops, check signs of drought
  • Conduct up-close surveillance of farm plots and provide high resolution data
  • Safely survey sloped, muddy or dangerous terrain
  • Detect invasion species in grasslands and crops
  • Assist in planning improvements in field drainage to determine if tiles should be 50 feet apart or 70 feet apart
  • Map and estimate acreage and crop types
  • Assist in development of crop estimates
  • Efficiently spray crops with fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides
  • Surveillance, Search and Rescue of animals

The photo below is from the unmanned farmer in Idaho

The above photo has two pictures of the same thing; the one on the right is the original RGB image and the one on the left has had false color added to it to stand out. The white arrows are the same areas in each picture and point to a 45 foot wide block where the fertilizer machine was turned on/turned off properly. I used this for management/instruction purposes.  The black arrows point to a steep area that is very shallow, rocky ground that doesn’t produce well no matter what management is done to it. The red circle shows an area where the dark green in the RGB corresponds to the light blue where nitrogen levels were good coming out of winter. The green, red, and dark blue in the image on the left corresponds with the yellow, light green, and brownish color on the right image where more nitrogen is needed.

 Central Iowa man uses drone for farming 


IDC sanctioned first Event held Saturday June 13, 2015 in Cambridge, IA a UAV Farm Expo.  Discussions of proposed FAA rulings and how farmers cut through red tape to make an impact on farm operations. 

A drone with the NIR imaging technology can reveal trouble spots, detecting less profitable areas in a fraction of the time compared to visually scouting and inspecting every row on every acre. It can also provide you with information that is not obvious to the naked eye. By acting upon this information and correcting new found deficiencies, you can increase productivity, quality and profits. 

Drone Agriculture Outlook

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