Agricultural UAVs

Commercial use of drones in farms and other agriculture

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Is there a software to count plants in a crop?

Started by Antonius Lourenço Kasbergen. Last reply by d j on Friday. 13 Replies

Hi,Is there a software that can count automatically the number of plants in a crop?Example, counting soy plants. I know there are several limitations to this but is there any software that can speed…Continue

drone for spraying olive trees

Started by konstantinos vasilopoulos. Last reply by Drone &parts supplyer May 31. 12 Replies

by mistake i sent this to the group was a message...sorry about thatlooking to build a drone with a 5 lit tank for spraying olives trees due to the difficulty for a tractor to approachi have…Continue

Ground Station for Spraying Drone

Started by Pouria Mazandarani May 27. 0 Replies

We need a GSC for a small spraying drone base on Pixhawk. It should be capable of pausing the mission whenever the tank is empty, return to launch, and after refueling or changing the battery, return…Continue

Tags: precision, farming, agricultural, drone, station

Agriculture drone 100% autonumous

Started by Alberto Vila. Last reply by Alberto Vila Oct 28, 2018. 2 Replies

Hi,Im doing a prototype of an 100% automatic agriculture drone,i mean it can recharge by itself, the battery and the liquid...the user can add multiple basses in the fieldit can have all the…Continue

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Comment by James on March 20, 2013 at 3:24am

LanMark Gongrats! youve done a very nice job. I have tons off indices and crop development models that i gradually translate to GIS rutines.  But i think its better to have a single and usefull app to make these calcs, like yours.

if you want any data to test, send me a pm. I will be back after 29/3

Comment by LanMark on March 19, 2013 at 3:42pm

I am a software architect and developer.. the app below is not from MaxMax but my own creation to be able to handle the data that my MaxMax camera is outputting... I really hated using the ImageJ system which is really slow and the way the bracket the data provides bad results.. plus there are more algorithms for doing NDVI then just one.. I have 7 that I use right now.

The KSU guys have hooked me up with some great data they have collected like a 700MB stitched file to use for development.. which right now takes 12 seconds to process the 314 million data points.

I recently added the ability to select part of the image and get a statistical analysis of that area of the image using the algorithm which you can see here:

It is quite the work in progress right now.. I recently also added multi-threading to vastly improve performance in analysis.

Comment by James on March 19, 2013 at 3:29pm

Unbelievable!! LanMark, i was about to sent you pm, about your great app!! iam using MAXMAX cams both for my research and job, but i had never seen any app from max max like this..

This is what iam working on

Comment by LanMark on March 19, 2013 at 3:23pm

I have been working with some great researchers at KSU on doing aerial vegetation stress analysis using modified cameras that capture the near infrared band.. I posted a couple pics of my processing system in my pics under my profile.  There are huge possibilities in just remote sensing in agriculture.. where the NDVI analysis could be huge.

Here is an example of the sorts of data we are processing.. you can see where the crop was burned and how some of the vegetation is already starting to grow in here in March.

Just the tip of the ice burg.   I am trying to find more people in this area of expertise to understand the needs, and how to fill those needs with commercial products and services.

Currently they use satellites and piloted crafts to do this and its not very accurate.. especially the satellites that have to pierce through the entire atmosphere all of which results in less accurate data... not to mention they don't fly overhead all that often and are expensive to get data from... especially compared to your own UAV.


Comment by Troy Reabe on March 19, 2013 at 2:01pm

I think the field of avation needs alot of advancments before a drone can be able to start to replace crop dusters like the Thrush or AirTractor. There are helicopter drones but the have a very low coverage rate per hour. Also Helicopters are expensive to run per hour.

For our spraying service during the high time of the year for us there is not enugh time in the day to do the work that needs to get done and we are able to do around 200 acres per hour with a plane provided we have a short ferry time. A helicopter like the Bell 47 can't even do half that.

We are also carrying 500 Gallons a load. so this would be a big drone or you would need a nurce truck on sight.That has its own problems of a portable chemical containment system for mixing and loading the drone.

Comment by Joshua Ott on March 19, 2013 at 1:03pm

Fair point, Chris. I guess the design details will always be different between flying and driving.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2013 at 12:55pm

There's a good Google Group on this subject, too. You can join it here

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2013 at 12:54pm

Joshua, to avoid mission creep, I think agricultural ground vehicles should have their own user group. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on March 19, 2013 at 12:45pm

Chris, what do you think about expanding the title by eliminating the "A"?

Robot ground vehicles will huge in agriculture operations.


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