To realize how the drones have revolutionized agriculture, solving countless problems and bringing innumerable advantages to farmers, we must first realize a little bit about the uses of the drones in this industry and what they actually allow to do.
Drones fly over the field and take high resolution pictures. The data gathered is directly sent to the cloud/software and made available to the customer. Thanks to this data, the user can select the information wanted from the images and make different prescription maps depending on the operation the farmer wants to perform on the field.
The industry of agriculture has been changing and all of his processes and machines has been passing through a revolution among the years, especially a high-tech revolution. It is here that drones have played a key role in enabling farmers to plan their strategy based on collecting and processing data in real-time. In a more general way, drones can provide to the farmers three types of detailed views:
- First, seeing a crop from the air can reveal patterns that expose everything from irrigation problems to soil variation and even pest and fungal infestations that aren’t apparent at eye level.
- Second, airborne cameras can take multispectral images, capturing data from the infrared as well as the visual spectrum, which can be combined to create a view of the crop that highlights differences between healthy and distressed plants in a way that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
- Finally, a drone can survey a crop every week, every day, or even every hour. Combined to create a time-series animation, that imagery can show changes in the crop, revealing trouble spots or opportunities for better crop management.