An Agronomy Drone With a Mind of Its Own

An Agronomy Drone With a Mind of Its Own

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Drones have become common in industries that need to cover a lot of ground like film productions, fossil fuel extraction, archaeological digs, military surveillance, forestry, and agriculture. The field of agronomy has been particularly aided by drones when it comes to studying plant health and management. Drones can capture and analyze small details on individual plants from over a hundred meters high. Farmers are starting to line up for this new technology.

What kind of drone is best for agronomy—self-flying or autonomous? Self-flying drones are guided by a human and best if a trip is not routine. Autonomous flight is when the drone decides where and when to fly without needing direct human input.

With autonomous drones, there may be some human guided settings, such as scheduling, but overall, the drone is using artificial intelligence. The advantage of autonomous flying is that assuming all federal safety regulations are being followed, you can set it and forget it. This post will cover how autonomous drones can be used to collect agronomic data for your business.

Agronomy and Autonomous Drones

Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation. Data drawn from autonomous drones helps farmers build better strategy for planting and provides a higher degree of all-around monitoring of how crops are progressing on a day-to-day basis.

Autonomous drones can assist with a number of things for agronomy businesses:

  • Scout crops regularly and automatically.
  • Images can show changes in the crops over time so that the problems like pest and fungal infestations are caught early.
  • Let farmers see a near-infrared view as well as a visual spectrum view. This combination shows the farmer differences between healthy and unhealthy plants.
  • Capture and analyze small details on individual plants from over a hundred meters high.
  • Use Lidar remote sensing technology to measure the height of crops.
  • Measure soil moisture and mineral variation.
  • Point out irrigation problems.
  • Through heat sensors, detect the presence of water, water temperature, and people or animals.
  • Count plants by crop density.
  • Assess water quality.
  • Monitor infrastructure such as fences, buildings, roads and roofs.
  • Identify weeds and pests.

As the laws begin to change, new drone uses for agronomy will be discovered. For example, soon you’ll see drone deliveries by Amazon. Perhaps, someday nutrients for your crops can be flown by drone right to your door. Aerial taxi services are also around the corner. Maybe a pesticide inspector can be flown to your farm from the train station.

Certified autonomous drone service, GreenSight, assists both large and small operations with crop management. GreenSight will stay updated on constantly evolving FAA regulations for you and offer tech support and equipment maintenance as needed.

GreenSight's Dreamer is equippped with a multispectral high resolution payload: 3 cameras RGB, InfraRed, calibrated thermal
Vegetative health index can be used to asses turf and crop health and spot issues that are difficult to assess on the ground

Part of the overall solution is to improve and enhance productivity whether that means better playing conditions on a golf course or higher crop yield on a farm. Through daily site monitoring, labor practices can be modified or irrigation procedures can become more detailed. Being able to fly at 120m and zoom in down to 1m on the ground provides detail that is hard to match!

GreenSight can help your agronomic business stay on top of its game, whether it be specialized farming, broadacre agriculture, long-term surveillance, or other areas where we have expertise.

GreenSight’s automated intelligence drones are flying every day over farms, golf courses and other properties all over the world. Contact us to get started using drone intelligence for your farm or golf course. (+1 (844) 484-7336 • info@greensightag.com)

Jason VanBuskirk @URITurf