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Eyes in the sky: A new field perspective

02/04/2014 @ 1:56pm

Making decisions in real time: It’s a concept spreading across agriculture as you and your crop consultants push efficiency to new levels.

To aid in that quest is new technology, such as the AutoCopter G15 Ag Solution. This device has the ability to collect multispectral data using the company’s patent-pending software and then to create variable-rate prescriptions within minutes of landing in the field. Features of the G15 include a precision-manufactured aluminum airframe, the capacity to carry multiple cameras, and a two-hour flight time.

“Find an area of concern, stop, go back, hover, or go down for a better look, and then resume your automated flight path,” says Don Effren, AutoCopter president.

The autopilot software has auto takeoff and auto land features. The flight of the AutoCopter is tracked on the ground control station, as the live video link gives real-time visuals. The mission can then be saved and flown again.

“The cost of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides makes it important to apply the inputs strategically,” Effren notes. “Without accurate information, your applications are in the wrong place and are in the wrong amounts.”

Better resolution – delivered immediately and with all of the tools to make the decisions in the field – is an important leap forward for you and your crop consultants.

“Capturing data at 100 feet gives incredible resolution of the HD video, DSLR images, and the multispectral images,” Effren says. “Easily view the field, see the areas of concern, and be able to walk out to the area because the images are georeferenced. Save time, scout more area, and count and track sprouts and rows.”

Editor's note: Innovations Editor Jessie Scott contributed to this report.

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