Additional Options and Features
In addition to the standard analysis outputs, we can take your data into Geographic Information System (GIS) software for further analysis. This can include stand counts, application grids or passes, and more. Please see the pricing page for more details.
This is NDVI data of a wheat field indicating nitrogen deficiency captured with the drone and near-infrared camera. The deficient areas show up red while the healthy plants show up in green.
When the data collected with the drone is combined with the power of GIS software, many additional tools become available. This is an example of a grid layout that could be used for GPS-based variable rate fertilizer application. The red areas will require the most nitrogen while the dark green areas will require none. The grid size can be customized to fit any spreader or spray width.
If you do not use variable rate technology, GIS can be used to generate pass to pass application recommendations. While not as refined as grid application, this can provide fertilizer savings by only applying additional inputs where needed. Again, this grid can be customized to your spreader or sprayer width.
Stand counts are also possible with drone imagery. This is useful for determining emergence and assessing stand loss due to disease or weather events. This is a tobacco field that was affected by excessive rainfall. The water washed across the field, taking some of the plants with it.
The drone can be used to count the individual plants remaining and determine the area affected very quickly. This data can then be translated into plant populations for making decisions such as replanting, fertilizer inputs, and others.