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Drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage. These drones have an  aerial camera platform and are equipped with GPS and a multispectral camera with software on the ground that can stitch aerial shots into a high-­resolution mosaic map.

All these flights and imagery showcase the  way in which remote sensing from drones can assist with making informed in season management decisions.  Stratus Imaging GM, Jonathan Smith says” The advanced technology used in the camera, allows for stresses and differences within the crop to be shown up before they can be seen with human eye.   It also allows for the size and area of issues to be defined rather than estimations based on what the farmer or agronomist may see.”

Drones can provide farmers with three types of detailed views. First, seeing a crop from the air can reveal patterns that expose everything from irrigation problems to soil variation and even pest and fungal infestations that aren’t apparent at eye level. Second, airborne cameras can take multispectral images, capturing data from the infrared as well as the visual spectrum, which can be combined to create a view of the crop that highlights differences between healthy and distressed plants in a way that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Finally, a drone can survey a crop every week, every day, or even every hour. Combined to create a time-series animation, that imagery can show changes in the crop, revealing trouble spots or opportunities for better crop management.

ENDVI is looking at the stress / health levels found within a crop. With a pink to green scale, pink showing the highest amount of stress within the crop and green showing the healthiest areas within the crop, this allows for precise ground truthing and informed decision making to occur.

The imagery shown is not the only algorithms that can be provided and should any additional information be required,.

Stratus Imaging are regularly flying over the #TECHSPO site and these images will be showcased at #TECHSPO and on twitter so farmers can better understand their use in the field.

Please contact Jonathan on twitter @stratusimaging if you want further information.


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