Global competition, declining subsidies, fluctuating energy prices, regulatory scrutiny, climate change - the agricultural sector faces all these challenges, alongside changing public attitudes to land management and livestock rearing.
While UAVs can't help farmers to control commodity pricing, UAV collected data can at least enable them to get the most from their assets by providing rapid and accurate updates on crop status and livestock numbers.
Strat Aero supports farmers with a range of solutions including:
Livestock counting. Strat Aero has developed specific protocols for counting livestock, flying missions at the right altitude and speed to maximize accuracy and minimize livestock disturbance. Whether in the field or in the feedlot, Strat Aero can deliver accurate headcounts without the need to manually corral and count animals.
Crop imaging. Combining Near Infra-Red (NIR) and optical spectrum data, Strat Aero can provide multi-spectral imagery in a range of formats including the widely used Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). These geo-tagged false colour images highlight crop stress and enable farmers to diagnose the causes (water stress, insect attack, disease, nutrient deficiency) and rectify them with targeted interventions. Regular imaging helps "nip problems in the bud", minimizing the cost of fertilizer/insecticides and protecting crop productivity.
Agricultural surveying. Strat Aero also uses multispectral imaging to identify buried facilities, notably land drains. And accurate surveying can also help resolve boundary disputes with neighbouring properties
Strat Aero recognize that many farmers may want to own and operate their own UAVs, particularly where they are farming large areas and need to make repeated crop surveys. We therefore provide supporting services including hardware selection consultancy, training and image interpretation, as well as delivering outsourced UAV services. Using Strat Aero's Digital Data Manager, farmers can send captured data for analysis, compare time series data and view imagery not only on PCs in the farm office but also out in the field via smartphones and tablets.