Problem: Farmers use precision agriculture to produce food, fuel, fiber and land reclamation, which requires gathering accurate data that affects yields, environmental impact and the economic viability of farms. Currently, farmers spend hours walking through acres of farmland to obtain effective information and identify potential threats to their farms – including weed emergence, insect infestations and potential nutrient shortages – and potential threats to the environment.
Requirements: Farmers with large plots of land require a system that:
- Can fly for long periods of time
- Provide high quality imagery and actionable data to improve the efficiency and economic value of farming
Solution: The Indago quadrotor UAS is being used by farmers in the U.S. to scout crops and conduct 3D terrain mapping. Its electro-optic/infrared gimbaled imager has capabilities that monitor plant size and leaf counts, as well as multi-spectral imaging to monitor parasite infestations and possible effects of drought.
According to a new study released by Measure32 and the American Farm Bureau Federation, the economic benefits of using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in agriculture could save farmers $12 per acre for corn; $2.60 per acre for soybeans, and $2.30 per acre for wheat.