Queensland Drones works with farmers, agronomists, seed and rural suppliers, crop consultants and grower groups to help improve farm outcomes through application of precision agriculture techniques.
Our specialised on-farm service can quickly and accurately pinpoint problems and issues in almost any crop by measuring and mapping the reflectivity of the crop in the near-infrared spectrum, which is converted into NDVI crop health maps.
It’s like being able to see your farm from a 10,000-foot altitude, but also being able to zoom in to two inches above the plants. There’s no other system that can do that.Rob Eggert, TDS fertilizer
Our on-farm aerial survey services can quickly and cost-effectively help you to:
- Detect and locate crop parasites and fungi
- Estimate plant counts to verify planting costs
- Accirately map farm infrastructure
- Analyse crop health at different stages of growth
- Prove effectiveness of soil remediation and crop treatments
- Generate variable rate application maps for pesticides and fertilisers
- Get proof of crop damage for insurance claims
- Assess field slope and drainage after harvest
To find out more, give us a call on 0439 383202 or simply complete our online enquiry form and we’ll contact you.
NDVI crop surveys, 3d farm models and farm infrastructure surveys
Queensland Drones is a professional and certified provider of NDVI crop health surveys, 3D virtual farm models and farm infrastructure maps. Our combination of fast, long-distance fixed wing aircraft and high-precision quadcopter drones delivers the flexibility to produce outstanding results for farmers and growers. We can also provide high quality aerial video of your tilling, planting, growing and harvesting for your records or to show remote investors.
NDVI crop health imaging can provide an early warning of crop stress and crop health issues including irrigation problems, lack of nutrition, weed and pest invasion, disease and more.
Farm models captured using drones can help you visualise your farm like never before. Our 3d virtual farm modelling service allows you to see your entire farm in more detail than ever before. Slide the bar above left and right to see the real difference NDVI crop health imaging makes over ordinary RGB crop images.
Slide the centre of the above orthophoto to see the NDVI results for a 400 acre macadamia plantation on the Sunshine Coast. Our 3D virtual farms models can make even more difference to your farm management outcomes. Rotate and view your property from any direction and from any angle to plan new crops, dams, fences and roads.
Our farm infrastructure surveys show a full, high-definition picture of your farm from above, with accurate locations of fences, gates, dams, roads and other services. This imagery is up to 100 times better and more accurate than satellite or Google Maps. With aerial farm mapping you can:
- Quickly see the locations of gates, fences, dams, water courses, roads, buildings and more
- Easily identify and mark up land capability areas and soil management zones
- Locate and tag areas of interest including sites where soil or plant analysis has been undertaken, hazardous areas, areas that are boggy after rain, etc
- Overlay various different data sources including NDVI, EM soil analysis, LIDAR mapping, yield maps, etc and compare them
- Calculate distances, volumes and area easily and quickly including paddocks, fence lines, roads, dams, etc
- Print accurate scale maps of your farm for planning or for use by employees, agronomists, crop consultants and contractors
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Who do we work with?
Queensland Drones works directly with farmers and growers across a range of agriculture sectors including:
- Dairy and beef
- Livestock and poultry
- Turf farming
We work closely with agronomists and crop consultants to improve on-farm productivity by rapidly identifying areas of interest for further investigation and ground-truthing and by providing evidence of crop improvements and the outcomes of crop trials.We are currently working with Growcom’s Hort360 team on the Sunshine Coast and in the Lockyer Valley to identify best practices for aerial crop surveys and alignment with electromagnetic (EM) soil surveys and LIDAR data to improve water management and reduce fertiliser run-off, particularly in the macadamia sector and in horticulture.
We are working with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (DAF) to introduce precision agriculture techniques and aerial NDVI crop health imaging to vineyards, orchardists and horticulture growers in Stanthorpe and the Southern Downs region.
We are working with the University of Queensland and CottonInfo to provide aerial evidence of the success of cotton trials around Dalby and the Western Downs region and to identify new techniques for measuring the harvest potential of cotton crops at various stages during their development.
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How does it work?
Our aerial agricultural services are focused on three main goals:
That your crops or pastures are growing where, when and how they should, with minimal variability, right through the growing season.
Problems like poor growth, lack of nutrition, faulty irrigation, weed or pest invasions and crop damage as early as possible, while you can still do something about it – and potentially increasing your crop yields.
Your most expensive crop inputs like fertiliser, pesticides and weed control applications based on crop health and plant density (instead of just applying the same amount right across the crop), which is where we can save you significant input costs.
When we arrive on your farm, our first step is to discuss how you manage your farm and what issues you think might be affecting your crop yields. We then work out, with you, a strategy to provide the best management insights from above.
We mark out the identified fields or pivots on our computer-based mapping platform, launch our purpose-built agricultural drone, and the computer does the rest.
Once on the ground, we copy the camera data back to the computer, stitch a whole-crop or whole-pivot near-infrared (NIR) image and upload it to our analysis platform which creates the NDVI imagery.
Depending on your needs, we can generate NDVI maps to provide to your agronomist or crop consultant, GPS-enabled Geo-TIFF maps to load onto your iPad or Android tablet for crop scouting, or geo-tagged shape files to load into your GPS-enabled farm equipment.
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Why is our survey technology better?
Queensland Drones uses precision aerial survey drones developed for intensive farming activities. We don’t mess around with toys you can buy at Harvey Norman. If you want to buy a drone to use on your farm, check out our Serious On-Farm Drone Packages so you don’t end up with a toy.
Our Firefly6 Pro VTOL fixed wing UAV can take off and land in very tight spaces, operate in winds up to around 25 km/hour and cover up to 250 hectares in a single flight.
We use specially modified cameras to detect near-infrared light reflected back from your crop or field. Read Why we don’t use “false NDVI” on our blog.Our analysis software can generate over 100 different kinds of imaging output, depending on what you need. We can provide geo-coded NDVI images you can carry around on a tablet computer for in-field analysis, or geo-coded NDVI shape files you can load into your geo-enabled farm equipment.
Don’t mess around with pretenders when you can have the real thing for around the same cost and get real results.
See our agricultural drones in action
There are three ways you can see our precision agricultural drones in action:
Attend a field day demonstration
We regularly demonstrate the AgEagle to groups of farmers, agronomists and crop consultants in the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs, Southern Downs and Granite Belt. We also do special field day demos further south and west from time to time. Request an invitation to one of our field day events near you.
Request an on-farm demonstration
If you already think this technology can provide benefits for your farm, ask for an on-farm demonstration. We’ll survey 20 acres on your farm at no cost. We can usually show you results within 1-2 hours. If you’re happy, we can do more on the day. Limited dates. Request an on-farm demonstration.
Attend a field day event
We regularly present and demonstrate our technology at grower events, seminars, field days and other industry events. Check out the sidebar on the right for details of where we’re going next. If that doesn’t suit you, join our events list by completing the simple form below to get notified by email when we plan to attend or host other events.