Drone-Assisted Precision Agriculture

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) within the agricultural sector is rapidly becoming more and more popular, because of the many advantages it can bring to a farm, all whilst benefitting the environment.

AgSense has a qualified agronomist, meaning the data captured can be utilised to effectively to target problem areas and improve crop health.

Orthomosaic Maps

An orthomosaic map produces an accurate representation of a field surface that has been adjusted for topographic relief, lens distortion and camera tilt. This can be used to accurately measure true distances, or simply just to provide a general overview of a field.

Red Green Blue (RGB) Orthomosaics can also be used for plant counting and crop establishment.

Crop Health Maps

Algorithms are formulated to identify the Green Area Index (GAI) of the crop, which calculates the required nitrogen content. Information about the growing crop, such as current growth stages and varieties can be utilised to create tailor made application maps, which accurately place nitrogen fertiliser where it is needed most, thus increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

Terrain Mapping

Gradients of fields can be formulated using 2D and 3D representations to allow relative and absolute positions of mapped features and aid accurate planning of field drains and the location of existing systems.

Weed Mapping

During May and June, Black-grass and Wild Oats can be mapped, identifying the high pressure areas of the field, allowing the creation of patch pre-emergence agrochemicals, adding another variable for influencing seed rates for the following season, or as a last resort; crop destruction maps.

Aerial Footage & Imagery

Taking photos and videos from the sky can give a very useful birds eye view of an area, giving a much wider perspective in order to identify water logged areas, pest damage, establishment issues and much more.