In agriculture, it’s all about understanding what’s happening in the field, in order to increase yield and improve efficiency. Mapping by drone gives growers and agronomists detailed insights about crops that would not be noticeable on foot or by traditional land-based methods.
How does the agriculture industry apply drones to everyday workflows?
- Crop scouting. Using drones is a much quicker, simpler way of scouting crops to find irregularities and issues, so that you can reduce variability and solve problems faster.
- Soil mapping: Identify crop variation and damage across an entire field in a matter of hours.
- Irrigation optimization: Drone imagery helps identify irregularities in irrigation based on vegetative cover and other indicators that you can only see from overhead, so you can make adjustments and achieve irrigation uniformity.
- Drainage repair: Fix drainage issues so that water is consistent across the crop.
- Yield optimization: Make the right crop adjustments faster with instant data and detailed mapping.
- Yield projections: Make accurate projections based on detailed, high-resolution mapping.
- Nitrogen application: More easily see nitrogen deficiencies in your crops.
- Emergence/Stand count: Determine if you need to replant in any areas.
- Equipment malfunction detection: Catch equipment issues that result in uneven seeding, pesticide distribution or replanting or gaps in plants.
- Pest issues: Determine if any areas are having pest issues, and assess the effectiveness of pest control strategies.