The application of drones for agriculture, specifically in Precision Agriculture and farm management, has been rapidly increasing over the past five years. Drones are revolutionary tools for gaining knowledge about the development of a crop and consequently for boosting yields as well as maximising production efficiency.

Drones have the unique advantage to provide rapid response data of farmland with a high level of detail. Hundreds of hectares can be covered in a single flight at a lower cost and much higher spatial resolution than manned flights or ground surveys.

There are several ways to apply drone photography to improve the results in a farming business. Although a purpose-built drone for precision farming can be very costly, our company services are applied by the DJI smarter farming packege, which is equipped with a Multispectral camera and is used for precision farming by using special software. With this package we can capture various data about plants, trees, farms, fences fields, traces of agricultural vehicles and other data for precision farming.

The images that we capture can be used to create NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) reporting. NDVI can show for example, how well the different parts of the land absorb water from irrigation, Detection of damaged area by pest and disease , Crop health/status, and where the different kind of weeds is growing in the crops.

The key success factor of photographic-mapping is that these images are grouped geographically with special software in a recognizable overall picture of the field by imaging processing so that the various colours and reflections of light are converted into readable information such as NDVI or ENDVI reporting. The colourful images provide good view about where the crop grows well, is too dry, etc.

At the same time height images, 3D images and an Ortho Mosaic image are processed and reported. The 3D model can then manually moved into other projections.

During a few minutes flight about 10 images (1 hectare) are made up to 250 images (90 ha) during a flight of 30-45 minutes. Then we process the images with special software which will be included an operational instructions for the farmers.