Why would farmers – some of the most risk-averse people on earth – adopt such a new technology? Perhaps it’s because agriculture drones offer clear advantages over other crop monitoring methods including satellite imaging, manned scouting and manned aircraft.
These advantages include:
Drones are considerably less expensive than satellites or manned aircraft surveillance.
Drone cameras take centimeter-level images that reveal much more detail about a crop’s condition.
Earlier Detection of Problems
Because drones survey more frequently, weeds, pests and other abnormalities are detected earlier.
Instead of riding around the perimeter to scout perhaps 5% of a field, now every field can be scouted 100% using drones.
3D / Volumetric Data
Drone images can be used to calculate the volume of piles, holes, hills and patches. These can be compared to Infrared images to detect density issues like hot spots in a crowded beet field, or to identify contour problems such as slope shade issues.
More Frequent Index Reporting
Drones offer a cost-effective way to monitor crops more frequently for key indices like CCCI (Canopy Chlorophyl Content Index), CWSI (Crop Water Stress Index) and NDVI.