On a large farm, the inspection of crops can be an overwhelming task. How can a farmer other than walking the fields or renting a helicopter ever be able to tell how his crops are doing. The land especially in Illinois is very flat with no rolling hills to climb onto to have a look to see how the crops are preforming. Crops are a farmers livelihood, so if they are not producing there is money that is thrown away. Early detection is the key. If there are large acres that are not growing or growing slower than others, the areas can be pinpointed and inspected to figure out what the best course of action should be. Agriculture is using technology more and more every day.
Should I take an infrared, video or take a topography map with a drone?
A determination needs to be decided ahead of time. What is needed to help your crop (your bottom line). I was a farmer for the first 18 years of my life. My first thought when I heard of using drones for crop inspection was, "Why would you ever need that?". After hearing all the technology that could help produce more crops, my tune soon changed. Taking pictures or video can tell bare areas or crops that are not growing at the same rate of speed as the rest of the crop. Taking infrared can tell the moisture content of the ground to see if that is effecting the growth. Taking a topographic map of the land can also pinpoint areas of concern.