Recent updates to drone tech means that you can now map out the area of your land that you want to survey. This means that the drone will automatically take photos or video footage of your land through the use of GPS, flight planning software and sensors and relay that information back to you so that you can take decisive action and make better planning decisions when it comes to seasonal crop planting, rotation or replanting options. This also means that you don’t physically have to man the drone via remote control, freeing you up to continue to focus on other aspects of your daily duties.
A PwC global report on the commercial applications of drone technology points out that you can better understand “every stage of your crops’ lifecycle, from soil analysis and seed planting to choosing the right moment for harvesting” by using drone tech. Drones are particularly useful in providing you with a good understanding of your soil and any requirements it may need, such as irrigation needs and nitrogen levels based on its aerial footage, and can even provide a heat map of your crops’ growth.
Additionally, you can survey other areas of your farmland and check that everything is up and running, like irrigation, or fence lines.
Crop spraying and dusting
Drones are being used even more than before in crop spraying activities. The benefits of using drones in this particular area is that they have proven to be far more accurate in spraying locations than traditional spraying tractors. Aside from eliminating possible detrimental exposure to farmhands, drones’ accurateness means that you reduce chemical waste, improving cost-savings.
Understand your land’s needs better with Farmdeck
With a range of IoT solutions available from Farmdeck, we can help you to better gauge and understand the needs of your land, crops and weather conditions. View our features page to see the various IoT features we have available and the upcoming features that we’re working on to make your farm smarter. Get in touch with us to discuss how we can help you.
Making your farm healthier and more efficient:
- Soil Temperature, Humidity and Moisture: Monitors and reports on soil temperature, salinity, and moisture at various depths
- Pasture Management: Uses satellite imaging to estimate the pasture available, its growth rate and the grazing days remaining.
- Paddock and Grazing Management: Use the Paddock and Fields feature to manage the essentials on your farm, including grazing, cropping and treatments.