Monitoring crop activity is more essential now than ever before. With the Alpha 800, highly accurate images can be captured live from your fields, frequently and efficiently, regardless of cloud cover.
Using imagery captured with the Alpha 800, yields can be optimized and expenses reduced. Areas that require closer examination are quickly identified and problems can be “nipped in the bud.”
Soil and field analysis: Produce precise 3-D maps for early soil analysis, useful in planning seed planting patterns. After planting, drone-driven soil analysis provides data for irrigation and nitrogen-level management.
Crop monitoring: Time-series animations can show the precise development of a crop and reveal production inefficiencies, enabling better crop management.
Irrigation: Hyperspectral, multispectral, or thermal sensors can identify which parts of a field are dry or need improvements. Additionally, once the crop is growing, drones allow the calculation of the vegetation index, which describes the relative density and health of the crop, and show the heat signature (the amount of energy or heat the crop emits.)
Health assessment: By scanning a crop using both visible and near-infrared light, Alpha 800-carried devices can identify which plants reflect different amounts of green light and NIR light. This information can produce multispectral images that track changes in plants and indicate their health. A speedy response can save an entire orchard. In addition, as soon as a sickness is discovered, farmers can apply and monitor remedies more precisely. These two possibilities increase a plant’s ability to overcome disease. And in the case of crop failure, the farmer will be able to document losses more efficiently for insurance claims.
The following analyses are possible using the Alpha 800 platform:
- Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)
- Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI)
- Short-Wave Infrared-Water Stress Indices (SWIR-WSI)
- Soil-Adjusted Vegetation Index (SAVI)
- Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI)