What are drone-based plant population reports?
Plant population reports tell you the exact number of plants or crops on your field or a specific area on your field. They are similar to stand count reports, which calculate the number of plants and crops as well as the percentage and the number of missing plants and crops (compared to the results you expected). But as opposed to stand counts, plant population reports show you the number of plants or crops without comparing it to other values.
Plant population reports are ideal for counting perennial plantations, orchards, or similar field types. As with all Agremo reports, plant population reports can be used with all plants and crops, as long as they are at least 10 cm / 4 in above ground. Another important point is to enter the so-called recommended set when submitting your analysis, which refers to the number of plants you have been expecting per acre, hectare, or square meter. If you don’t have any numbers on the expected number of plants, a standardized value can be entered, which might, however, affect the accuracy of the report.
Just like stand counts, plant population reports can be used to:
- Evaluate plant emergence and crop population responses
- Evaluate seed quality
- Spot areas with potential crop loss in time to allow later replanting
- Evaluate how effective replanting measures were
- Know exactly how many plants you will be able to harvest (and sell)
- Plan harvest and yield-related processes (logistics, resources).
When is the best time to use drone-based plant population reports?
Stand counts come in handy for early-season and late-season management decisions.
- Early season: plant emergence, seed quality, planting date evaluation, overall plant performance.
- Late season: yield and harvest planning, yield estimation.
For more information on stand counts for specific crops, see the mapping calendars in the crop section.
What are the benefits of drone-based plant population reports?
There are several benefits that drone-based plant population reports have compared to traditional stand counts.
Drone-based plant population reports are:
- Fast and save time and resources
- Able to cover around 500 acres in less than two hours
- Accurate – with error rates lower than 2%. And with drones, you can analyze every inch of your field
- Proactive and allow effective in-season corrective measures.
In the example above, the user selected a specific area and requested to count the plants in this particular area in order to evaluate plant results and progress.
To see another example, read the story of a Christmas tree producer who uses Agremo plant population reports to analyze and count trees.
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Disclaimer: People and plants are living beings – and living beings act differently from machines and algorithms. This is why Agremo does not claim to offer a complete or entirely error-free analysis of the provided data and cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, damages or losses of any kind. Agremo makes significant efforts to keep the underlying workflow as proficient and precise as possible, but there are numerous limiting factors which cannot be foreseen, excluded, or modified. Such limiting factors can affect the results of the analyses and include low image quality, complex natural phenomena, diseases which cannot be captured with today’s technology, etc.