Image of Aerial Drone Photographing a field of cropsMultispectral imaging camera sensors on agricultural drones allow farmers and ranchers to manage crops, soil, fertilizing and irrigation more effectively. Drones can provide operators with three types of detailed views.

First, seeing crops and forage from the air can reveal patterns that expose everything from irrigation problems to soil variation and even pest and fungal infestations that aren’t apparent at eye level.

Second, airborne cameras can take multispectral images, capturing data from the infrared as well as the visual spectrum, which can be combined to create a view of the crop that highlights differences between healthy and distressed plants in a way that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Image of Aerial Drone Surveying Agricultural CropsFinally, a drone can survey a crop every week, every day or even every hour, combining to create a time-series animation that can show changes in crops and forage, revealing trouble spots or opportunities for better management including minimizing use of sprays, fertilizers, wastage of water while providing telemetry on soil and crop data that allows farmers and stockmen to better plan and manage their operations while saving time and money.