Drones in agriculture are not a piece of big news. There are many successful case studies of using agriculture drones and increasing yields thanks to data, obtained by these machines. But what are the main areas of their use? How they can help an ordinary farmer or landowner?
Today, we had a regular meeting of the Club of Anonymous Fans and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones, so it’s time to talk about the practical application of unmanned aerial drones in agriculture in Ukraine. We will speak narrative in the first person, but any similarity of facts and names – is pure coincidence. Sit back, we start.
“We came to do aerial photography on the field with sugar beet. The objectives of the aerial photography of the field with beets have been linked with a desire to improve the economic benefits of growing crops for the Customer. By the way, our Customer was a large agricultural holding with a huge land bank, which was planted not only sugar cane but also other crops. The Customer is interested in the drones, as satellite images were a bit pricey, even for their rubber budget. Therefore, we agreed to our aerial survey methods.
The calculation of normalized difference vegetation index (better known as “NDVI”) of a particular location – it is not always an easy and straightforward task. Indeed, in such cases, it is important to pay attention not only on the pixels that fall within the geodetic chain (it is fully marked milestones in the pictures and maps).