Drones in precision agriculture


Benefits


Reducing the environmental impact

Application maps for variable fertilisation and individualised spraying make it possible not only to reduce production costs, but also to reduce environmental impact. Excessive application of nitrogen and other chemicals has a negative impact on biodiversity and soil quality.

Increasing crop yields

Multispectral and RGB measurements allow you to make optimal decisions and better manage your farm. By nipping risks in the bud and identifying areas for improvement, the farmer maximises his production.

Minimisation of costs

Application maps for variable fertilisation and individualised spraying make it possible to drastically reduce the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. In the case of pesticide costs, this is a reduction of up to 80%, and up to 30% in the case of fertilisers.

Farm monitoring

A farmer no longer needs to tour his field to find out what is happening on it. All he has to do is conduct one raid, and soon afterwards, his exact high-resolution image is available online.

Every agricultural entrepreneur strives to maximise profits and reduce costs. With precision farming methods, he can increase the efficiency of his agricultural production, minimise the costs associated with the time spent and money spent. A very important advantage is also the reduction of the environmental impact by limiting the use of chemicals.
Precision farming is undoubtedly the future of agricultural economy, both in Poland and worldwide. Rapid economic development, an increasing population and ongoing climate change require us to have an innovative approach to farming and to use modern technologies.

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Possibilities


Locating and identifying problematic crop areas

Running a farm is not an easy task – many problems may arise in the course of cultivation, such as: infection with pests or pathogens, the presence of weeds. It is difficult to predict where in the field and in what area a given hazard will occur. And here we can come to your aid. Based on multispectral measurements, we are able to identify specific points of the problem and determine the degree of current damage. This allows the farmer to nip the hazards in the bud and thus save time and money.

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Determining zones of variable fertilization and individual spraying

Indicators such as NDVI and NDRE allow us to create application maps for variable fertilization and individualized spraying. This allows the application of the agents in appropriate doses only in those areas of cultivation that require it. This reduces the cost of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

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Determining the degree of damage caused by game or weather phenomena

The orthophotomap created by us reflects the condition of the farm very accurately. By comparing the situation before and after the damage, we can easily estimate the area of damage. By adding multispectral measurements to this, we are also able to determine their degree in specific places.

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Estimating the size of the yield and the number of seedlings

Multispectral imaging and in visible RGB light allow us to estimate the size of the yield and the number of seedlings. Predicting yields is very important when planning sales and storage. In turn, determining the number of seedlings is helpful in insurance matters and to assess the condition of crops after winter or drought.

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Determination of plant vegetation indices

By making multispectral measurements, we can create a whole range of plant vegetation indicator maps. Each indicator provides us with different information, e.g. on the transpiration of leaves or the winter state of crops. Our experience allows us to efficiently operate them in such a way that the conducted analysis gives the best results.

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Testing of soil composition

In cooperation with other research centres, we carry out soil composition studies. Thanks to previous photogrammetric and remote-sensing raids, we take samples only where there is a need, which reduces the costs of research.

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Analysis of the level of decline in the condition of plants resulting from the activity of the stress factor – water deficiency or excess

Using a drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera, we are able to develop a thermographic map, showing the temperature values corresponding to each pixel of the map. This allows you to assess the level of active evaporation of water from above-ground parts of plants, i.e. transpiration – the higher the temperature, the lower the transpiration. This in turn makes it possible to determine the level of stress in the plants resulting from water deficiency or excess.

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Assessment of the condition of cultivation – wintering map

Locating and identifying problem areas of crops involves assessing plant damage due to harsh overwintering conditions, detecting pests, diagnosing areas with insufficient irrigation, etc.

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Development of a sowing uniformity map

While preparing for the next sowing season, drone raids are invaluable help. Their goal is to map the area, which is to determine which areas require additional work and what type to ensure even seeding and abundant crops. Using photogrammetric and remote sensing methods, as well as artificial intelligence, we are able to determine the number of seedlings and losses in the beds. This allows you to optimize the production volume as well as reduce alternative costs.

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