Science-fiction farming is here! And it’s totally affordable, too. If you want increased crop yields, improved processes, and greater long-term land and livestock management, you need a drone in your life.

A serious reduction in labour costs, significant time savings, and the ability to really dig deep (from the sky!) to draw useful survey data across land and livestock make drones the only choice for savvy farmers from the future.

Special cameras can detect red, green, and Near Infrared (NIR), covering visible and invisible light wavelengths to build a clearer picture of the landscape or structure being surveyed. It’s particularly useful for areas of study such as vegetation analysis in agriculture or land analysis prior to construction or transport projects.

Drones have a multitude of incredibly useful applications in agriculture, including:

  • Crop insurance
  • Crop management
  • Crop scouting
  • Livestock monitoring
  • Precision farming

And many more.

The important question you’re asking, however, is ‘how much will it cost?’. The good news is that drones for agriculture are not just affordable – they’re incredibly cost-effective.

By having a drone in your agriculture equipment arsenal, you'll be able to:

  • Reduce labour costs and significantly slash time taken for asset survey
  • Monitor, assess, and accurately respond to crop or livestock problems
  • Regularly map land over time for effective crop management.

In fact, your drone will pay for itself in a season, with an average of $2 saved per acre per survey flight!

Traditional crop surveillance methods are either time-consuming - with field walks - or costly, if helicopters or aeroplanes are used. By using a drone for crop surveillance farmers can quickly identify potential yield limitation issues, saving literally hours or days of work - and the thousands of pounds that would otherwise be used for man hours or aeroplane surveillance.

Special imaging sensors on drones for agriculture mean crops can be observed at a close level at speed, so the health of your crops can easily be determined. You'll also find that using full colour contrast will allow you to determine which areas of land get the most sunshine during the day - particularly easy to do if you implement the integrated GIS mapping functions and repeat flight path technology over various time of day.

Drones for agriculture might sound like something from science fiction, but in reality they can significantly reduce labour costs by speeding up traditionally time-consuming jobs, and also deliver clear, verifiable, repeatable, and in-depth data for effective farm management.

Want to know more about drones in agriculture? Then keep reading!

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