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3 ways a long-range drone will optimise your agriculture business

02 August, 2021 | The Sphere Drones Blog

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The world of smart farming brings precise inventories, harvest predictions and fast disease control to your fingertips. Find out three ways the UX11 long-range drone will transform your agriculture business.

Modern technologies, such as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), help agriculture businesses stay ahead of the competition. 

Due to the critical insights commercial UAVs bring to the running of an agricultural business, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of this market, from now until 2024, is expected to be 30.2%.

Deloitte’s AgTech report demonstrated how yields on key crops still exhibit an improvement potential of 30%. It also underlined how the necessity of increasing production represents a great growth opportunity for industry players who can improve their efficiency.

“Agriculture drones already have their permanent place in the agronomist’s toolbox,” she continues, “and once their Return on Investment (ROI) is achieved – as is often the case with the UX11 AG after six months – their value only increases with time.”

1. An eye in the sky for precise inventory and yield estimates

Inefficient crop monitoring is a problem for most farmers. But by using the UX11 AG, you work quickly to cover 150 hectares in one hour. The UX11 AG comes with a state-of-the-art inbuilt MicaSense RedEdge Multispectral Camera, which has five cameras: red, green, blue, red edge and near-infrared.

Because of the red, green, and blue cameras, it achieves a high-quality RGB composite, the equivalent to the vision of the human eye. This blue layer can also identify bloom density or other crop traits, so it is particularly beneficial to fruit-tree growers who use it to predict how productive their harvest will be.

2. Disease outbreaks or nutrient deficiency: an early warning system

The red edge and near-infrared bands reveal plant characteristics that are not visible to the human eye. By detecting chlorophyll levels, they can identify plant stress in the initial stages. One of Delair’s clients owns a palm tree plantation. The RGB image presents a field full of what look like healthy green palm trees, but the combined red edge and near-infrared sensors highlight an area where the palm trees are showing stress.

3. Predictive and preventative crop production through big data analysis

Leading global corporations are undergoing digital transformations, putting data collection and analysis at the centre of their operations. Now agricultural businesses can do it too. As the UX11 AG flies for up to an hour, to a range of 47km, it makes the prospect of identifying and digitising every plant, over a brief period of time, a feasible option for acquiring precise and cost-effective data sets.

As Deloitte reports, tomorrow’s farmers need to deal with higher complexity and the fast-growing product and service offerings from different input providers along the value chain. Therefore complexity-reducing products, like Delair’s end-to-end solution with the UX11 AG, are so crucial to explore now, so you can plan for integration later.

Source: Delair

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