Increased efficiency and damage prevention
Modern agriculture is constantly evolving with more and more types of farming technology being used to help farmers maximise their yield and productivity, whilst monitoring and preventing damage or loss before it occurs. The recent use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) for precision farming, has revolutionised current agricultural techniques.
Agricultural drones offer a very healthy return on investment and reduce the expense and man hours required to analyse land by foot. They are much more affordable than monitoring with aeroplanes, provide far higher resolution than that of satellite photography, and can also be flown underneath cloud cover – a vital attribute during the temperamental UK seasons.
Agricultural drone applications
At Drone Air, we provide aerial filming and aerial photography services tailored to your specific personal needs. Our camera drone films at 4K resolution, allowing for incredibly detailed aerial shots to be recorded, and can cover many hectares during just a single flight. Monitoring your land with precision farming technology enables you to achieve tasks that would have previously been expensive, time consuming, or not even possible.
Some of the most common applications for drones in agriculture are for monitoring or analysing:
- Land for insurance claims
- Plant counts
- Soil moisture levels
- Canopy height and cover
- Crop colour and density
- Damage, weeds, disease, and pests
- The impact of pesticides
- Growth and fruiting stages
- New development potential
Due to the GPS precision of UAVs, they are ideal for agricultural seasonal monitoring, as they can return to the exact prior filming locations and can replicate previous shots, so as to provide comparison imagery throughout the year. An example of how they can be utilised seasonally is:
Spring – preliminary soil analysis, tillage, and tile drainage analysis.
Summer – growth monitoring, irrigation management, and gap and stand count analysis.
Autumn – stand consistency and dry down monitoring.
Winter – input analysis and machinery performance assessment.
We use a DJI S900 drone for our agricultural analysis and while we also offer helicopter services at Drone Air, we have found that UAVs tend to provide the best ROI and achieve the most accurate results. For more information about our drone’s technical specifications, please visit Our Aircraft.
Our main office is in Lewes, East Sussex in the UK, but we will travel nationwide and even internationally to help you perfect your precision agriculture.