Crop Scouting.

Using drone imagery including RGB, NIR (Near Infrared), Advanced NDVI, and Red-Edge...

We can layer maps and really drill down into crop stress before it substantially impacts your profits.

Red-Edge Imagery

Using the Red-Edge band we can show disease even before NDVI. 

 

Red-Edge shows Chlorophyll content.

 

This makes it highly effective in showing areas at high risk for disease in it's earliest of stages. 

Fungicide

Aside from reducing disease levels...

The active ingredient in Fungicide (Pyraclostrobin) acts as an "anti-oxidant" in a stressful environment (stress) resulting in higher rates of transpiration...

 

which allows for more water to move through the plants keeping it cooler. It also reduces ethylene production resulting in the "stay green" effect...

 

This allows for plants to stay greener for longer at the end of the season, resulting in higher seed weights...

 

Resulting in higher yield.

 

Our imagery allows us to detect these issues in it's earliest stages, and justify application resulting in large bushel gains and profit maximization. 

Fertility

Advanced Imaging shows the scale of variability in crop health. It is a good indicator of overall growth, biomass, and corresponding yield of the crop.

 

It also provides valuable information such as fertilizer mis-application that can be leveraged to undertake corrective action based on such early detection of issues.

 

Couple this with our fertility software and the client has a rock solid management program that gets the Nitrogen where and when the crop needs it.

 

Our fertilizer management software has shown ROI in the $15-$30/acre range.

 


Fertilizer Management and ROI.


Fertilizer accounts for at least 18% of corn production costs. Over the past 10 years revenues remain stagnate, however input costs continually soar. We want to help reduce waste, reduce cost, and increase profits.

As a seed germinates and becomes a seedling, an acre of corn requires 1lb of nitrogen each day (Iowa State University Data).

The Nitrogen requirements skyrocket to nearly 2.5lb each day during the later stages of vegetative growth. 

 

The USDA has calculated that nearly 80% of fertilizer is lost before a crop can utilize it.

To be efficient with your inputs, it is extremely important to understand the needs of your crop.

 

We want to help our growers effectively manage their nitrogen needs, reducing waste and increasing profit.

Disease imaging to ground scenario...

Image 1: 

With Red-Edge imagery we are able to get a detailed view of more serious crop issues. This section highlights a significant variation in chlorophyll content. Meaning that area is specifically at risk for a plant disease. 

 

Image 2:

With the naked eye, we can start to barely see some yellowing in our wheat plants...

Something that would be almost impossible to ground scout.

 

Image 3:

Analyzing the plant, it was determined that the problem area had a wheat streak mosaic infection.

 

Wheat streak mosaic is a virus spread by wheat curl mites. It is often found in volunteer wheat and carried to nearby fields by wind

...causing a significant impact on yield!

 

Conclusion:

This mapping allowed the client to identify these problems before they could be found on the ground, and create a management plan to correct the issue before significant financial loss was experienced.