|Agriculture is one of the areas where a great development in the use of drones is expected.
Combining aerial technologies to those of infrared photography, you can assess a crop health status in a better way than is possible only by ground inspections.
The benefits are many:
- Early detection of stressful situations with the possibility of solving the problem at an early stage with less usage of resources eg water or fertilezer) and chemicals (eg plant protection);
- Prevention, monitoring and infection limitation
- Resource optimization, such as fertilizer distribution by each area , depending on the actual needs. One example is our partecipation in the Kellogg’s “Origins” project for sustainable agriculture.
Benefits that result in an increase (in quantity and quality) of production, reduced costs and decreased environmental impact.
One example is the work done by Salt & Lemon for rice crops in collaboration with the “Ente Nazionale Risi”, (the Italian body for rice cultivation guidelines):
- Presentation of our Precision Farming results to the International Temperate Rice Conference -ITRC- in Australia
- article published in “Terra é vita”: Riso-Pagine-da-TV15-2015-3;
- video tutorial made during the Ente Nazionale Risi Open Day (September 2015);
- article published in the magazine “Il risicoltore” (October 2015): “Il risicoltore -droni e agricoltura di precisione“, “Il risicoltore -esperienza in campo“
The areas in which we are active at the moment are: rice, wheat, barley, corn, viticulture and tomatoes.
The issues that we deal with are: fertilization optimization, water stress monitoring , early detection of diseases, detection of optimal time for harvest and evaluation of crop damage.
From a multispectral photo of the field NDVI (Vigor Index) is calculated and again from this the amount of nitrogen fertilizer required for each area of the field.
Here the list of our works in Precision Farming: Referenze agricoltura