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More growers will be able to take advantage of Agrovista’s drone-imaging service this season, thanks to an expansion of the company’s quadcopter fleet and an increase in the number of agronomists trained to undertake commercial flights.
In 2017, the company made more than 500 drone flights covering 7,000ha. By flying crops several times a season, a range of key agronomic parameters can be accurately assessed, including establishment, plant counts, biomass, weeds and disease presence.
Using powerful in-house software called MapIT Pro, Agrovista can quickly process the masses of data collected by the drone and accurately assess in-field variation to create field zone maps.
Mr McKerrow says: “When overlaid with other data such as soil, soil nutrient and yield maps, zone maps can be used as a basis for variable rate drilling, nitrogen application and patch spraying of weeds.”
Full-flight packages costs for less than £5/ha, depending on area flown, while a processing service for farmers who fly their own drones is available for about £1/ha.