Heavy rain and flooding all across the U.S. and Canada have delayed the soy and corn planting season extensively. Is this year’s yield on the line?
Crop progress reports of May and June in many U.S. states and in Canada are not looking great. Heavy rainfall makes it next to impossible to do proper fieldwork and according to the latest insights, the soy and corn planting season is still heavily behind schedule.
According to Agprofessional.com, 70% of corn and 91% of soybeans still haven’t been planted in May.
Fields which are still much too saturated for planting, got farmers to a do or die moment for this soy and corn planting season.
With such an, exceptionally narrow window of opportunity growers need a quick and safe solution that will help them make the most out of this difficult soy and corn planting season.
In order to decide whether to sell this season’s crops as bio-fuel or cash crops, it might come in handy to have solid information on the expected yield results.
Ag experts recommend focusing on performing at least one stand count analysis, a weed analysis and an early yield estimation to make sure the season goes as well as possible under these difficult circumstances.
How to use stand count reports to track the progress of the soy and corn planting season?
One of the first things growers will have to find out at this point is how and where plants are emerging. This is important in order to see if replanting measures would apply and to avoid high yield loss.
With a drone-based stand count report, you can quickly see which areas of the field are performing well, and which ones need further attention or even replanting.
By using any commercial drone, you can create a map of your field in less than 24 hours (a regular DJI drone captures 120 acres per hour), then stitch the images together (using any online stitching tool) and simply upload it to a drone data processing app like Agremo and request the stand count analysis.
What you get is a simple and easy-to-understand report which offers extremely accurate results, which then allow you to make fact-based decisions and ultimately save money and resources.
Resolve the high risks of weeds with accurate weed analyses
Another thing drone-based precision agriculture and smart farming can help with right now is proper weed analysis that will tell the growers where weeds are located and how much of the field is affected.
As with drone-based stand counts, the field map is stitched together and uploaded to the Agremo app, which combines precision agriculture and smart farming.
What you get is a report showing all weed-affected locations as well as their size, allowing them to make fact-based calculations and determine how much input will be required.
By purchasing the right amount of herbicide, the growers can avoid overspending and achieve three- or four-figure savings while making sure their crops remain healthy.
According to early adopters of this technology, drone-based precision agriculture and smart farming analyses like yield estimation reports are a great way to quickly obtain this kind of information. As with drone-based stand count and weed analyses, field maps are stitched together and uploaded to a drone data processing app, which then does the rest of the work for you.