Birdseye Farming, Inc
precision Agriculture and real estate Drone service
Urbandale, Ia 50323
What is Birdseye Farming and Precision Drone Agriculture?
160 Acre Field
Before applying any chemicals to you field, we can fly it and give the health indices of your field using and NDVI reflectance map. We then provide you with a variable application map to plug into you tractor and apply the correct amount, saving you money.
What is NDVI?
The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is an index of plant “greenness” or photosynthetic activity, and is one of the most commonly used vegetation indices.
Vegetation indices are based on the observation that different surfaces reflect different types of light differently.
Photosynthetically active vegetation absorbs most of the red light that hits it while reflecting much of the near infrared light.
Vegetation that is stressed reflects more red light and less near infrared light.
Likewise, non-vegetated surfaces have a much more even reflectance across the light spectrum.
One interviewee noted that for 160 acre field, an ATV mounted with GPS took 2.5 hours to drive in 50 foot swaths. The GPS-fitted ATV provided slightly over 9,000 data points for the field elevation profile. The ATV was unable to obtain information for low spots in the field as the soil was saturated with water in these locations. In contrast, a drone operator flew his drone over the same 160 acre field in 20 minutes and, after 4 hours of data processing, obtained over 60 million data points for constructing the field elevation profile.
While difficult to see on such a small picture, there are five (5) different colors on this map representing plant health. Red represents bad health or no plants and the green represents healthy plants. There is also yellow, orange, and burnt orange (RdYlGn scale) representing different levels of health in between.
Variable Rate SHP file that plugs into most tractors
Drones have high potential for improving agriculture including enhancing crop scouting & health monitoring through the use of NDVI, providing 3D terrain mapping, improving irrigation management, and assisting in crop damage assessment.
Birdseye Farming is a full drone service from drone to tractor. We have our own drones, licensed pilots and computer hardware and software that makes us a complete service solution!Type your paragraph here.
Drones can quickly create highly accurate 3D terrain maps by providing multiple angles of data capture with high-resolution visual cameras. These maps can be used to improve field drainage systems.
Notice the different soil types
Multiple flights throughout the growing season and at key decision points will reveal changes, trends, patterns, and anomalies
Drones provide value in crop insurance through their capability for swift deployment after a damage-inducing event occurs.
Drones fitted with high-resolution visual spectrum sensors can be used to verify insurance claims by evaluating the extent of area lost and potential yields for the lost area.
Crop status (growing stage, yield estimates, etc.)
A couple of weeks after planting we can fly your field and provide you with a full picture of your field and you can zoom to any area to see if there are plants missing or weeds growing. The detail is so good you can tell if the tractor tires have good tread.