From spring to harvest, you can utilize drones to help make sure you are making data-driven decisions on your farming operation to help generate the best possible yields on your fields. Here are a couple of examples we have used the Precision Drone Pacesetter 2 to accomplish that:
Precise Yield Estimations
The Pacesetter 2 is also a great tool to help you market your crop and create a strategic game plan long before harvest. Simply fly your fields and create an NDVI geo-referenced crop health map so you can identify healthy, moderate, and struggling areas of your fields. These values are represented in the NDVI image as colors of green, yellow, and orange/red using the Precision Vision software that comes with the Pacesetter 2 package. With that NDVI map you created, pick a GPS point that represents each color of the map and conduct a physical yield check in the field for those spots. Import this NDVI map into any farm software of your choice to determine the percentage of healthy, moderate, and struggling crop in your fields.
Using the yield check estimates gathered in the field and the percentage of each crop health color derived from the NDVI map, you can determine what type of average yield to expect per field. Here is the actual data from the physical yield check where we came within 0.5% of what the actual yield monitor showed 2 months prior to harvest: 2015 Pacesetter Drone Yield Estimation
What the Naked Eye Can’t See
The Pacesetter can also help you find many issues in your fields throughout the growing season, such as the one in this NDVI map, where the tank ran out of anhydrous before the end row was reached.
The red arrow shows where corn was ran over and knocked down at the field entrance when NH3 nitrogen was being side-dressed. Also visible, is the variation of soil types and how they are affecting crop health. The orange areas of this field show you where the sandy soil is causing the corn plants to struggle more than the rest of the field. The Pacesetter does not only let you see the health of your crops, but can also be used to help you:
- Create variable rate fertilizer and/or seeding maps using any major farm software
- Find replant opportunities and determine how many acres are affected
- Determine amount of crop damage for crop insurance purposes
- Find planter and/or applicator malfunctions
- Monitor specialty crops and/or seed variety test plots
- Spot where weed pressures are hurting crop health
- Locate disease and/or insect pressures
If you would like additional information about the Pacesetter 2 drone and how this innovative product can help you make better management decisions during the next growing season, call Eli Fred at 574-224-8324 today!