It is highly beneficial for a farmer to obtain some key pieces of information before planting a crop, especially on a new area of land. This can include answering questions like what is the exact size of each field, are there any key features such as trees, rocks, and archeological features which would impact on-field operations, and more.
This project looked at how Agremo Eagle Eye Report can help provide all the information a farmer needs to get the most out of his field.
The main project participant was Phil, a corn grower who wanted to rent new fields for a new season. According to the Castradal map from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the total area was was 439.5ha, broken down into three fields as follows:
Field 1: 112.5ha
Field 2: 146.9ha
Field 3: 180.1ha
However, as he was unfamiliar with the land, the farmer wanted to get more precise information about these three fields. Given their size and location, he could not simply walk across the full extent of the land, which is why he turned to drones and Agremo to get the answers he needed.
Drones can survey large areas of land without the inherent safety risks and high costs involved with the use of much larger manned aircraft. Furthermore, UAV Systems can provide real-time imagery and sensor data from farm field areas which cannot be quickly accessed on foot or by vehicle . In this case, Phil was able to use a drone to generate an eagle eye report on the land he was about to rent, which allowed him to save $26,625.00 on inputs before the season had even started.
Phil’s fields contained significant areas of wooded land, as well as dredges (7.96% of the total area) which impacted the actual area available for cultivation.
The drone was able to identify areas of woodland and wet areas within the block of land and provide an accurate size in hectares for each.
The extent of the Non Arable area such as the trees and woodland within the fields.
A significant area of the land was down to trees or dredge and was not suitable for corn production.
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Phil used the eagle eye reports to:
This data helped him plan for a wide range of operations and to make decisions regarding everything from spraying and applying fertilizer to yield management and boundaries maintenance. Accurate data on the position of key features, such as rocks and other obstacles, can help plan field operations and aid in producing variable rate prescriptions.
Eagle eye reports show that from the total size he rented, 35.5ha (7.96%) cannot be cultivated. Knowing this information, he can plan his production more precisely and only order the seeds and chemicals that are actually needed. This means less waste and lower farm costs. In this case, the grower will only plant corn in those fields where input cost per acre is around $750. Agremo eagle eye analysis had thus saved him $26,625.00 on inputs before the season had even started.
Aerial images taken by drones greatly accelerate and simplify topographic surveys for land management and planning, including that for farmland. Better data is the key to precision farming and allows for better planning and decisions.
Drones can be equipped to carry various agricultural sensors, ranging from RGB and active NDVI crop sensors to full-spectrum and near-infrared cameras. Agremo analysis can provide more than just an NDVI of a growing crop – our software delivers other georeferenced data for planning purposes. Eagle eye reports can survey farmland more efficiently than walking, and in that way take out much of the guesswork that goes into planning and managing a field of any size. Insights from an eagle eye report can thus help to lower production costs and increase yield for growers looking to turn their drone-collected images into actionable and accurate data.
Just as importantly, drone operators can get into areas that would otherwise be difficult to access. An agricultural drone can survey terrain that would be challenging for people on foot or in ground vehicles, such as densely forested locations, hilly or mountainous land, and swamps. They can check the content and condition of land and wooded areas much quicker by pinpointing issues that can then be inspected by walking.
Eagle eye analysis can also help with more effective boundary management by providing accurate data on the location and length of boundaries, which can help with maintenance and budgeting for the upkeep of fences and ditches.
The data provided by the Eagle Eye Report can make the use of inputs more efficient in the long run, enhancing sustainability and profitability. Accurate data on field sizes can help with calculating the number of crop nutrients and crop protection products applied to a field, and more accurate and sustainable use of these inputs.
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