Agriculture and Forestry

Unmanned air vehicles have been revolutionary in the agriculture market space. With an ever growing world population, the need for agricultural consumption has significantly increased. This means producing more food, increasing productivity and making sustainable land for agriculture use. Drones contribute significantly to this and, in the UK, are used for crop monitoring, soil and field analysis, health assessment and irrigation. This is largely achieved through analysis of imagery taken by drone products with a multi-spectral camera, like the EbeeSq. This enables the scanning of fields for green light and Near Infra-Red (NIR) reflected by plants. Once the crop is growing, drones can be used to calculate vegetation index that describes the relative density and health of crops and enables the farmer to use fertiliser effectively preventing disease.  All this work done by a drone makes farming even more efficient and can help reduce the overheads in a highly competitive market.

Agriculture

Forestry

For many year drones have been used in forestry to measure timber stockpile material. This has replaced the need for surveyors, saving a forestry company time and money whilst increasing worker safety. Drones are used to help survey for tree care and disease prevention by analysis of data taken and processed through software such as DroneDeploy. This can then be used for forestry classification, tree height monitoring, historical aerial imagery and change data collection. Yet again they are used to limit unnecessary and potentially dangerous situations for workers by reducing the need for tree climbs. Both fixed wing and multi-rotor drones can be used for different situations and to meet increasing endurance requirements.