Why drones

Drones are the up and coming technology when it comes to increasing farm efficiency.

Agriculture drones can be used to do anything from precision agriculture, to efficiently dispersing weed control or fertilizers, to optimizing field management. The results include reduced operation costs, improved crop quality, and increased yield rate.

An agricultural drone is expensive and those capable of carrying a payload require a licensed pilot to operate them. The number of companies offering the full agricultural service with these specialised drones is increasing.

Subscription Survey

But what if you simply want a survey to be made of your crops to identify possible issues before they become a problem. A survey to identify areas of the field where the crops are different - areas where you need to focus.

The survey ideally needs to take place at emergence,  a couple of of times during the growing phase, 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. Instead, we use a top of the range general purpose drone with a high quality camera to achieve similar results for much less cost. The image processing take place in house  which also keeps costs to a minimum.

By keeping costs to a minimum you are able to monitoring crops more frequently with the advantages of:

  • Better understanding of how the crop is developing
  • Less time spent looking for issues, more time available to resolve them
  • Knowing where to spray, fertilise, and irrigate saves money, fuel and time.

Pricing

 Up to 1 Ha and a single missionUp to 5Ha with up to 3 missions
Survey mission setup$350$500
Initial plus 2 repeats$300$750
Initial plus 4 repeats$450$1000
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.VARI is 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) which is especially useful in measuring chlorophyll levels in certain types of plants like rice, wheat, and corn. Additionally, as GLI calculates regions of green leaves or stems, it can be useful for detecting pests and diseases.

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.