Drone Data Collection and Analytics for Agriculture

Quantify plant and soil health, improve productivity and maximize field output

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Whether you are an individual grower, crop consultant or large enterprise, PrecisionHawk’s team of Agriculture experts can help design and deliver a drone-based solution to improve your operations.

Existing crop scouting processes are time- and resource-intensive, as well as error-prone. It takes upwards of 11 hours to walk an acre of crops. And sampling small portions of the fields from the seat of your tractor or roof of your truck is just that—a sample.

With their bird’s eye view and advanced sensors, a drone can gather data on 500 to 1,000 acres in less than a day.

Using drones, agriculture professionals can:

  • Measure plant health details
  • Generate plant counts and forecast yield
  • Optimize input timing
  • Detect plant health patterns before they’re visible
  • Assess livestock health and weight gain
  • Identify damaged fencing
  • Assess storm damage
  • Calculate grove maturity
  • Determine optimal foraging areas

Get Comprehensive Drone and Data Services for Agriculture

There’s no need to own a drone, maintain a pilot on staff, or analyze data. We’ve built our service based on years of operations research and work for the world’s leading agriculture research firms. As a result, you can procure enterprise-grade aerial intelligence—featuring easy-to-understand action items and takeaways—through a simple, turnkey service.
 
 

Here's how it works:

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Collect

Credentialed pilots, with experience flying in agriculture, deploy an array of visual and advanced sensors to collect data over the assets.

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Process and Analyze

Overseen by our data scientists, the sensor data is processed by proprietary algorithms that interpret the data.

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Deliver and Action

We deliver a report that is easy-to-read and can be shared with your agri-service dealer or local agriculture consultant. Also, the data can be imported into your existing farm management system.

When you’re ready to take your drone program “in-house,” we can help you transition without interruption.

 

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Put Aerial Intelligence to Work in the Field

Don’t just collect data—get insights. Use our intuitive reporting system to resolve issues or integrate data into farm management systems.

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 Before Planting

  • Assess water conditions in fields

  • Determine areas that need drainage management

  • Assess soil health

 

During the Growing Season

  • Detect plant stress in mid-to-late growth stages

  • Identify resistant weeds or invasive species

  • Adjust nitrogen fertilization for row crops

  • Rapidly assess storm damage to settle claims quickly and replant

  • Gauge productivity and overall plant health

  • Optimize water usage by monitoring drought stress at different growth stages

  • Inventory plant population, plant size and condition

  • Provide guidance for optimal harvest timing and estimate yield

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Beyond Crops

  • Foraging conditions—A flyover can show ranchers the acreage with the best grazing. With multiple flyovers, our analysts can help you map efficient grazing moves throughout the year. Drone data can also help you count your animals and spot newborn animals.

  • Infrastructure assessments—Discover fence damage, roof problems and road degradation before they lead to further losses.

  • Animal-to-acreage ratio assessments—Thermal sensing can detect animal stress helping ranchers determine the optimal amount of acreage and forage rotation to keep animals healthy.

  • Grove and forest assessments—Flyovers can quickly count trees, spot diseased and damaged trees, assess canopy cover and estimate tree age.

Results

Accelerating agriculture research

An agribusiness research company tested drones on the crops it grew at its research stations. Instead of surveying plots manually it deployed drones. The results:

2.5X more efficient than sampling
25% more accurate than hand counts
Surveyed full plots instead of sampling 10% to 40% of the field

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BASF quantified turf improvements

By quantifiably measuring sprig growth and green quality, BASF Turf and Landscape proved a 24 percent increase in Green Level Index for sprigs treated with Lexicon®. Now, according to Gary Myers, CGCS, BASF Pinehurst Project Lead, BASF is able to “use the data as the foundation of [their] presentations to prospective customers and golf course superintendents.” 

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Why PrecisionHawk?

We’ve built our offerings to scale. From investing in geospatial science expertise to understanding the regulatory environment, we’re able to support a one-time flight or a fully integrated enterprise aerial intelligence program.

 

The World’s Largest Commercial Drone Pilot Network

More than 15,000 licensed operators are available to fly any site in the United States within 24 to 72 hours.

Regulatory management

All our FAA Part 107 certified and insured pilots follow PrecisionHawk’s OSHA-compliant Standard Operating Procedures and an FAA-defined Safety Management System. We also hold an an “A” grade from ISNet.

Fast, actionable intelligence

It’s not a PDF or a pile of photos. We offer a web interface with a report you can integrate into your farm and data management systems.

Leaders in Drone-based Geospatial Science

Our industry-leading team of Ph.D. and remote sensing-accredited geospatial scientists ensure the quality and accuracy of data outcomes.

Experts in Advanced Remote Sensing Hardware

We help you select the best sensor for the job, and understand the unique needs of agriculture.

Services and solutions to help you manage your fields

Our PhD.-holding solutions engineers can assist you in deploying your drone platform, in the field.

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Redefine the limits of yield intensification, using drone-based data collection and analytics.

 
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Smarter Agriculture Package

To empower agriculture professionals who’d like to “fly it themselves,” we’ve created the Smarter Agriculture Package Pro.

In addition to the drone, our package includes visual, near infrared, and MicaSense RedEdge-M multispectral sensors. Also, you can produce unlimited 2D & 3D models, as well as run unlimited agriculture analysis algorithms with an annual subscription to PrecisionAnalytics.

For an additional $5,000, we will come to you for three days of training. Also, we can conduct data analysis on your behalf for:

  • Baseline Plot Reporting
  • Custom Reporting, such as absolute nitrogen assessment, plant counting, water pooling, and weed pressure

For $23,500, you get all of the above at a 10% discount and free FAA Part 107 certification training.

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