Drone survey

Horticulture

As a farmer, you probably have a lot to do. You're probably not spending all day staring at your crops, but you'd like to know when they need something—like more fertilizer or water.

You want to be able to identify issues before they become problems, so that you can act quickly and save money, fuel, and time. But what if there was an easy way for you to get this information?

A survey should ideally take place at emergence and several times during the growing phase as well as at maturity and around harvest time. The likely cost of carrying out these surveys with a specialised agricultural drone makes it only worthwhile for high value crops.

This is where we come in! We have a top-of-the-range drone with a high-quality camera that can provide survey data for much less cost than other methods. The image processing takes place in house as well, which keeps costs down while giving you access to high quality information about your crops.

Orchards

A drone can help you get a bird's eye view of your orchards, giving you the perfect view of your trees so that you can spot any signs of stress or disease before they become an issue.

Pricing

 Up to 1 Ha and a single missionUp to 5Ha (up to 3 missions)
Survey mission setup$350$500
Initial plus 2 repeats$850$1200
Initial plus 4 repeats$1000$1500
Travel costs$1.20 per km ex Waiuku

All prices excl GST

We process the survey results using the following models:

  • Visible Atmospherically Resistant Index (VARI) model - a measure of "how green" an image is and can identify crop stress points. VARI displays the vegetation density and shows where crops that are less dense than others.
  • Green Leaf Index (GLI) - especially useful in measuring chlorophyll levels in certain types of plants like wheat, and corn. Additionally, as GLI calculates regions of green leaves or stems, it can be useful for detecting pests and diseases.
  • Orthoimage - a high definition image of the area flown to enable easy identification of visual defects in crops and trees.

Field survey

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Request a survey

Please complete the following form with as much detail as you can and we will respond within a few days.

Request a drone survey
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Your address
Location of survey area in relation to main access way to above address e.g. big paddock 3km SW of entrance
Survey size in Ha.
Access
Terrain
Obstructions
Controlled airspace is within 4km of aerodrome, military installation, etc.
Wind at 30m
You may like to mention why you want the survey, detail the type of crops, orchard, or simply because you would like a map of your farm, and so on.