Drone technology is more efficient and useful than ever before. You can map out every inch of a field to a ±5cm degree of vertical accuracy!
The reports and custom solutions produced have saved farmers weeks of work, tens of thousands of dollars and significantly increased yields.
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But of course, new technology comes with questions. So, let’s dive in.
QUESTION 1: The survey and mapping tools that come with drones seems really confusing, is that just me?
Nope. Not just you. Drainage mapping is NOT a DIY job.
While drones can produce precise mapping and high-res imagery in no time, it’s very difficult to map your land and interpret the data yourself.
In order to get results, you need 3 things.
1. The drones themselves and survey equipment
2. The skills to use the tech and get the exact maps and data you need
3. Expertise in creating custom drainage solutions
In Green Aero Tech’s case, for example, we take care of the first two. Then we partner with experts like Ellingson Companies and NextGen Drainage that help plan and assist at each stage of the draining process.
Make sure you have all three components to get results.
QUESTION 2: Can reports be used for getting approval from government and conservation groups?
You bet…at least for the reports Green Aero Tech generates with help from our partners. They show exactly where the water will go and how other lands will be affected.
The reports can also help neighbours understand and support your drainage plans.
QUESTION 3: Isn’t drone use expensive and time consuming?
If you purchase one or two $35,000 UAV’s, $20,000 worth of survey equipment, and try to learn the processing software yourself, THEN YES. And no, a $2000 hobby drone from Best Buy, or even most professional grade drones, won’t do the trick .
The best solution is to hire a team of experts to take care of the job for you. BUT MAKE SURE they are Transport Canada certified and fully insured.
QUESTION 4: Your company and others claim I can actually save $$ with drone tech, how so?
Say a canola farmer has 10 acres of drowned out land. He’s potentially losing up to 40 bushels per acre. At $10 per bushel he’s missing out on $4,000, and we haven’t even talked inputs yet.
Or what about using precise reports to learn that only minor adjustments are needed for your drainage by using natural flow patterns? That saves huge expense and time in taking out unnecessary mounds of dirt.
You could also disturb the land or damage the crop by driving with a truck or ATV.
So, avoid all that. Fly over the field and the get the job done in an hour.
QUESTION 5: Can the mapping be used in other ways as well?
Absolutely. For example, maybe your area doesn’t allow you to drain off your land…so use the maps to find the best routes to consolidate water.
Or, use the data to aid you in collecting water so you can use the resource to increase yields.
You’ll end up finding multiple uses for the information.
And once you’ve produced one map, the next one is even easier to do. Then you can shift your strategy as the weather changes to make the most cash.
The bottom line: Whatever you end up investing to survey and map your land with drones, you’ll more than make back in saved time, money and new profits by being better able to use your land.
That’s all for today!
Have more questions? Call us at 1-888-845-4419.
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– Your friends at Green Aero Tech