Drone Photography and its Agricultural Uses
Drones used to be associated with the American Military and raining death on the unsuspecting. Now the technology has advanced to a degree that small, remote-controlled drone helicopters are more affordable than they once were, and cameras and their image-stabilizing systems are better, making aerial photography and video captured using drones an increasing phenomenon in a number of industries, including real estate.
There is now a number specialist drone photography companies in South America who have the equipment and expertise to film what was once only possible by helicopter. In many cases such as in urban situations they are better than helicopters in their ability to get into confined spaces.
“A drone is like a tripod in the sky. It allows you to showcase a property like never before.”
- Perhaps it’s because agriculture drones offer clear advantages over other crop monitoring methods including satellite imaging, manned scouting and manned aircraft. These advantages include:
- Cheaper Imaging: for fields less than 50 hectares in size, drones are considerably less expensive than satellites or manned aircraft surveillance.
- Greater Precision: drone cameras take centimeter-level images that reveal much more detail about a crop’s condition.
- Earlier Detection of Problems: because drones survey more frequently, weeds, pests and other abnormalities are detected earlier.
- Total-Field Scouting: instead of riding an ATV around the perimeter to scout perhaps 5% of a field, now every field can be scouted 100% using drones.
- 3D/Volumetric Data: drone images can be used to calculate the volume of piles, holes, hills and patches. These can be compared to Infrared images to detect density issues like hot spots in a crowded beet field, or to identify contour problems such as north slope shade issues.
- More Frequent Index Reporting: drones offer a cost-effective way to monitor crops more frequently for key indices like CCCI (canopy chlorophyl content index), CWSI (crop water stress index) and NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index).
- In day-to-day operations, these advantages help farmers catch problems faster and react more quickly, which can save thousands of dollars in crop losses per field.
- Long-term, the data generated by drones help farmers gain a more accurate & detailed picture of how their crops are reacting to their management strategies, which can lead to more effective use of limited resources.
- Contact us if there is interest in marketing your property in this way.