5 Tips for UAV Success on the Farm This Season

New to Drones? Get some practical UAV advice from a seasoned ag expert before mapping your fields

May 4, 2018 · 5 min read

Buy the Right Drone for the Job — And One You Can Afford to Lose

Choosing the right drone can be tricky, but we’ve put together resources to make it easier. Jim recommends using the drone that works best for you. Don’t feel like you have to purchase an expensive system. If a DJI Phantom 4 Pro can capture the data you need, buy that. Save yourself the money and increase ROI in the process.

Start Simple

You have to crawl before you can walk. Jim recommends flying your drone manually and getting comfortable with the controls before making a field map with DroneDeploy. Jumping straight into drone mapping can be challenging for your first day. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by getting the hang of manual flight before you fire up the DroneDeploy app and make your first field map.

DroneDeploy helps you uncover problems when they occur , so you can make more informed crop management decisions throughout the growing season.

Not Every Map Will Be Valuable

This tip may come as a surprise to some, but Jim wants to set expectations correctly. “Not every map you make with DroneDeploy is going to be solid gold,” says Jim. In fact, many drone maps are going to tell you what you already know about your fields, such as water holes or places where you towed a grain cart with your tractor. But don’t get discouraged. When you fly frequently, you’re going to uncover things you didn’t know — such as areas of poor crop health, disease, or irrigation issues that emerge throughout the season.

The More You Fly, the More You Know

While every map won’t provide “solid gold” insights, you have to fly often to catch issues when they do emerge. “The more you fly your fields, the more you will get maps with valuable information,” says Jim. And unlike other methods of aerial data collection, drone data is available on demand at little per map.

“The nice thing about the costs built into this model is that you’re not spending $2-$3 per image. So if you get a map without valuable data, that’s ok. See what happens next week when you go out and fly again.” — Jim Love

Always pack additional batteries and SD Cards before you go out in the field.

Be Prepared

Whenever Jim goes out into the field, he makes sure to pack the right gear. He charges his devices, brings multiple drone batteries and packs several SD cards every time.

  • If your SD card fails — which can happen — you want to be prepared. This way you can avoid downtime and wasted efforts in the field.

Where to Learn More

Free eBook: The Ulitmate Guide to Using Drones on the Farm

Whether you already use drones on your farm, or simply thinking about it, we’ve filled this e-book with everything you need to know.

Agriculture Webinar Series

Want to learn more from Jim? Watch our most recent webinar.

Learn from ag experts in our ongoing agriculture webinar series.

DroneDeploy’s Guide to Crop Scouting with Drones

Learn how to evaluate plant health and detect crop stress with drone data by reading our guide. It covers everything from assessing plant health to the types of sensors you need to generate crop insights.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.

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