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Interesting Frosted Findings

Recently Falcon UAV was asked to provide NDVI images of crops damaged by frost.
We scanned a very large vineyard and a wheat field.
Interestingly, on visual inspection of the frosted wheat, the heads looked normal however the kernels did not develop inside.
Hence the NDVI map showed where the frost had affected the crop better than simply looking at the wheat.

Fast Response means Fast Treatment

When an important wine growing customer calls to say that he needs good NDVI images of his vines, so that he can determine their current health and plan future treatment maps.
Then he says that the total area is around 1,500 ha (3,600 acres), a job for the AgEagle. Completed scanning the entire area with 14 flights over just 2 1/2 days.
Data was sent to customer within 48 hrs.
Early detection means early prevention.

Bird Scaring

The cost of bird damage to Australian crops is more than $300 million every year.
The key to breaking their feeding pattern is - never do the same thing twice.
So we have fitted a sonic device under the AgFalcon and with 4 or 5 different flight plans every day for 5 to 8 days, will do the trick.
Its a different noise coming at them from a different direction every time, they cannot get used to this device.
Then of course, use the AgFalcon with a NIR camera for crop / tree health mapping afterwards.

Timing is everything

Tomatoes showing water stress NDVI

We find that crops with high water content, can show different NDVI values depending when we scan.
Grapes and tomatoes, for example, as the fruit improves the leaves do not, hence showing lower NIR reflectivety.

Service first and foremost

"The Ag Eagle performs well beyond my expectations, is easy to operate, & is virtually trouble- free.
A huge bonus in owning the Ag Eagle is the customer service provided by Falcon UAV.
Phil is always available to assist in any way with prompt, friendly & informed advice, & provides 100% backup of the product.
He is a master of diplomacy in answering dumb questions." S Smith, WA

NDVI Explained - Normalized Difference Vegetation Index

NDVI Explained

NDVI or Normalized Difference Vegetation Index: all plants both absorb and reflect radiation. The chlorophyll in the leaf will reflect Near Infrared. This reflectance is invisible to the human eye, as we cannot see NIR. The more NIR that a plant reflects indicates a robust, healthy plant.
Outside of this, is a plant ‘under stress’ ! An NDVI image can identify those problem areas.

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