Beyond imagery, drones are providing opportunities to assess germination, determine plant density and assist farmers as to whether they should replant particular parts or a whole section of their farmland. Crop surveying without physically entering a plot of land, paddock or crop is something very new to farming and changing the way farmers can approach their day-to-day work.
Weather previously played a major role in determining how farmers approach surveying plots of land. If the weather was not favourable, it could potentially delay or completely bring the job at hand to a halt. Now, that’s no longer a reality.
This ability to look over farmland will save farmers hours and overcome major constraints such as access to land and/or areas drenched in water. These images can also be used to monitor and evaluate trials or seasonal effects on different varieties.