The undisputable effects of climate change on agriculture are presenting growers and agronomists with ever mounting challenges, when it comes to managing fields and crops.
Though farmers have for a long time, abandoned the idea of relying solely on historical records of seasonal rain and temperatures to plan crop irrigation and rotation strategies, and at the same time have introduced contemporary methods for monitoring crop health and identifying issues that lead to yield decline, the use of drones 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, when compared to crewed aircraft (such as helicopters or light aircraft) or using terrestrial labours to monitor crops and take samples for measurement.
Used in combination with purpose-built software for calculating NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index), aerial 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; improving yields by identifying issues and taking immediate action.
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, ATV’s and 4WD’s. 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 National Drones today to book a free demonstration to see how using one of our fully insured, licensed and experienced UAV controllers can help you to cut costs, deliver efficiencies and save time in your Agricultural business.