Sales of drones are expected to rise from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020, a staggering 180% increase. This means newer and more varied versions of them are constantly hitting the market, making it difficult to keep up with the different types of models.
Want to know how to perform in-depth and accurate stand counts to pinpoint areas of potential yield loss and take corrective measures at key times during the growing season?
New Smart Farm technologies can give America's growers the ability to monitor crop conditions in real time, respond to technical problems before machinery breaks down in the field and consult with the world's foremost agronomic experts with the push of a button.
Drones allow you to see your entire farm from the sky, but also zoom to within inches above the plants. With resolution of 20 inches (50 cm), drones get you close enough to count individual crop rows. Satellite imagery, by comparison, has resolution of just 65 feet (20 m).
NDVI gives powerful insights and makes it easier to visualize crop health that the naked eye can't see. It shows you where the problem is in advance so you can fix it faster. NDVI technology does not replace humans, but it does help make your job easier.
It is exciting to see the technologies that have made a life-saving difference in medicine now being applied to producing more food from every acre with the best quality.
The inter-play between atmospheric processes, land-subsurface processes and agronomic processes must be considered to make irrigation decisions that promote the economical use of water and energy for the highest crop yield and quality.
Drones don't just take pictures, they capture a wealth of data about your crops' health. But how do you know which data is best to use?
With all the planning, planting, spraying and marketing that goes into a growing season, it's not uncommon for something to be overlooked come harvest time.
If 29-year-old me were here in the present day looking at what's going on in agriculture, I can't help but wonder what would be going through my mind-"Do I believe what I am seeing?" or "Am I inside a Sci-Fi movie?"
In Singapore, a country with a population of more than 5.5 million on the main island that is just 26 miles wide and 14 miles long, there is a four-story rotating greenhouse, it produces 1 ton of greens every day. Normally, Singapore imports 93% of its produce.
Today, companies like Farmers Edge are installing weather stations in their customer's fields to acquire accurate, site-specific data. And having a dense network of weather stations enables detailed analyses of regional trends.
While crop producers lay out their best plans for success early in the season before planting begins, inevitably some combination of crop pests, unpredictable weather, and even the neighbor's livestock or wildlife in the area can wreak havoc on those plans -- resulting in an accumulation of setbacks at harvest.
Drones can be used in many different ways, but not all of them lead to a high ROI. Here's the story of Caribe Drones, a company which discovered the full potential of drones by using Agremo to help farmers gain more insights into their plants and crops.
Let's not forget that farmers themselves are very innovative and willing to try new things - still, they proceed with caution. So, technology adoption will most likely continue to be a pain point in agriculture, but having awareness of these principles may help developers smooth the path moving forward.
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