Multispectral imaging camera sensors on agricultural drones allow the farmer to manage crops, soil, fertilizing and irrigation more effectively. There are huge benefits both to the farmer and to the wider environment by minimizing the use of sprays, fertilizers, wastage of water and at the same time increasing the yield from crops. Multispectral camera remote sensing imaging technology use Green, Red, Red-Edge and Near Infrared wavebands to capture both visible and invisible images of crops and vegetation.
The multispectral images integrate with specialized agriculture software, such as Pix4Dmapper Pro or Pix4Dfields, which output the information into meaningful data.
This land telemetry, soil and crop data allow the grower to monitor, plan and manage the farm more effectively saving time and money along with reducing the use of pesticides.
Multispectral images are a very effective tool for evaluating soil productivity and analyzing plant health. Viewing the health of soil and crops with the naked eye is very limited and is reactionary. Multispectral sensor technology allows the farmer to see further than the naked eye.
Data from multispectral imaging has the following benefits:
Identify pests, disease and weeds. Optimize pesticide usage and crop sprays through early detection.
Provide data on soil fertility and refine fertilization by detecting nutrient deficiencies. Help with land management and whether to take agriculture land in or out of production or rotate crops etc.
Count plants and determine population or spacing issues. Estimate crop yield.
Measure irrigation. Control crop irrigation by identifying areas where water stress is suspected. Then, make improvement to land areas such as install drainage systems and waterways based on the multispectral data.
View damage to crops from farm machinery and make necessary repairs or replace problematic machinery.
Survey fencing and farm buildings.
Monitor livestock. Now drones with thermal cameras can be used to locate livestock at night time along with many other terrific uses.