Showcasing the practicalities of flying drones, the images and data captured, as well as the on-farm benefits, The Drone Zone is an innovative feature proven popular with both visitors and the press.
This year's Drone Zone is bigger and better than ever. Visitors to the Cereals Event can see different drones flying, get advice on cameras and software, flying legislation, and see how the data collected can yield real practical benefits on farm.
The Drone Zone and will comprise three main features:
- An on-site flying cage for short flights and demonstrations
- A nearby field, complete with crop for longer flights
- A large screen to display the data collated and an explanation of how it can be used
Drone Zone exhibitors in 2017 include:
Solvi is a cloud-based service that gives farmers and agronomists actionable insights about crops from drone imagery. The easy to use analytics tools help monitor crops development, spot problem areas in the field and take precise actions with prescription files.
Solvi is available on computers, phones and tablets and provides exports compatible with most agricultural machinery and farm management software.
To find out more about Solvi, click here.
SkyWrx have combined the best and latest in drone and sensor technologies, combining the Parrott Sequoia multi-spectral sensor and the newly released DJI Inspire2 drone. The drone has many benefits including self-heating technology meaning flights even in very low temperatures and enhanced autonomous flight and planning to ensure full coverage of the crop, capturing the data quickly and easily.
The enhanced propulsion system means even in strong winds the drone will be able to fly. Control of the drone has been extended to 4.3 miles, so no matter how big your field the drone will be able to cover it.
Combine this with the Parrot Sequoia multi-spectral sensor which captures 4 different light bands along with RGB images, which once analysed produce the variable prescription maps and detailed orthomosaic aerial images of your land and crop.
Find out more about SkyWRX Ltd here.
Harper Adams University
Safety is an important part of drone usage, especially as second generation drones are larger and can weigh up to 20kg. Harper Adams University, will be discussing the work the university has been doing to pave the way for on-farm use of this technology.
Drone AG will be debuting its latest weather-proof drone system and software, which allows farmers to capture up to date and actionable data from the air. The Storm Drone systems combined with Aeroview, will allow farmers to map up to 300ha per day, with the data processed and ready to be analysed fast.
Crop Angel will be demonstrating how its spraying drone can be used and discussing the benefits of using a drone in areas where a conventional sprayer is difficult, for example, on dense vegetation or where ground conditions make conventional sprayers unsuitable.
To find out more about Crop Angel, click here.