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Drones for Agriculture

eBee Ag by senseFly

From the senseFly website:

The eBee Ag is the only precision farming UAV you need. With its full drone-to-tractor workflow you can scout your crops, analyse plant health, create prescriptions and begin treatment all on the same day.

More info: https://www.sensefly.com/drones/ebee-ag.html

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DJI Agras MG-1

Agras MG-1 by DJI

From the DJI website:

The DJI Agras MG-1 is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials. It can be rinsed clean and folded up for easy transport and storage after use.

The eight-rotor Agras can load more than 10 kilograms of liquid for crop-spraying and can cover between seven and 10 acres per hour. It is over 40 times more-efficient than manual spraying. The drone can fly up to eight meters per second and adjusts spraying intensity to flying speed, ensuring even coverage.

Press release: http://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-introduces-company-s-first-agricult...

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Parrot's multispectral crop monitoring sensor, Sequoia

Parrot has now released a multispectral crop monitoring sensor called Sequoia. It can be retrofitted to existing drones.


http://www.gizmag.com/parrot-sequoia-crop-sensor/41727/

Dubbed Sequoia, Parrot's new attachment is claimed to be compatible with all civil drones. Fitted with a 16-megapixel camera and multispectral sensor, the device records images of crops in four different spectral bands: green, red, red-edge and near infrared. The captures are stored on the 64 GB onboard memory and can then be converted into aerial maps through image processing software such as Pix4Dmapper Pro, Airinov or MicaSense.

The maps and data can then be translated by crop consultants or the software itself into practical recommendations. These might include identifying sections of a field that need special attention, picking up on nutrient deficiencies, observing where living organisms are causing damage and managing irrigation.
Also onboard Sequoia is a GPS and IMU unit, along with a separate luminosity sensor that records lighting conditions and calibrates the four multispectral sensors. This sensor also features an SD card slot for additional storage.

Sequoia will be launched in March 2016 with a recommended retail price of US$3,500.

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AgEagle UAS

The AgEagle by AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. is a fixed wing UAV for crop scouting.

From the AgEagle website:

AgEagle RAPID is the most durable, flexible, lightweight, professional-grade drone technology on the market. Electric-powered and encased in carbon fiber, RAPID is capable of over 30 minutes of flight time and can cover over 180 acres (200 or more acres in perfect flying conditions) per flight making it the ideal solution for day-to-day image acquisition for precision agriculture growers and agronomists.

Although most people are focused on what information the images can provide, a camera must be taken aloft in a platform that’s stable and dependable. What makes the AgEagle unique is it’s built “tractor tough” and ready for daily farm and field use. Unlike most other aerial systems, the AgEagle has an outer hardened carbon fiber shell that can take a beating.  Infused and encased in a hand laid covering of premium carbon fiber cloth, the AgEagle will be flying for many seasons. The AgEagle Long Bow launcher makes each and every launch safe and accurate.

Simply click around the the field your wish to fly and the scan pattern is automatically created.  You can adjust for altitude, path width and other details quickly and easily.
Another simple way to create a scan pattern is to just upload a your existing shape file, and the appropriate scan pattern will be automatically generated.  (The DroneDeploy enabled RAPID AgEagle makes flight planning simple and fast).
Since the AgEagle can and will fly in just about any windy condition (we have flown it in Kansas winds of over 40 MPH), the AgEagle flies a cross wind pattern for best image results.

The flying and landing is just as easy as the planning because the RAPID practically flies itself. RAPID automatically launches, flies the scan pattern and lands totally hands free. No need to worry about where to land; Just land the AgEagle in the crop or a grassy area. To the AgEagle, a wheat, corn or soybean field is like a sea of pillows! It’s made to land in the crops. This is why customers trust our wing to carry aloft expensive sensors and cameras.

No more wasted time manually stitching images or suffering though the painstaking process to geo-reference images. The AgEagle RAPID does all that within minutes of flying, so you will have a NIR preview that lets you immediately see any areas of concern with your crops! You don’t have to leave the field to upload images to a big computer. No hours lost waiting for completed mosaics. No having to return to the field the next day. Get your image work done NOW! Time is money on the farm!  (The DroneDeploy enabled RAPID system automates images and makes it easy).
Here’s the best part. Imagine this; On your wifi enabled tablet, you’re notified the image of the field you flew is ready for you. Simply select the download button on the AgEagle RAPID site from your farm management software to generate a geo-referenced prescription map that can be exported to a precision applicator.

The AgEagle website: http://www.ageagle.com