Unmanned Aerial Vehicles –“Drones”- help farmers increase crop yield while minimizing crop damage. Aerial imagery creates a bird’s eye view of entire fields of crops. New thermal imaging techniques are used to monitor vegetation density and the overall health of crops. Thermographic imagery highlights areas affected by pests, fungus or drought sooner than these could be spotted with the naked eye. Precisely pinpointing the areas in need of fertilizer, pesticides and water enables a more efficient application of each of these Costs are reduced and environmental impact is limited.Continued monitoring of crops is the most efficient means of crop management available. Using drones for crop monitoring increases yield and reduces loss.
Drones can be used to:
- Analyze soil and fields
- Plan and improve irrigation
- Map and estimate acreage and crop types
- Estimate crop yields
- Detect invasive insects, fungus and bacteria
- Efficiently apply remedies to problem areas and monitor their success