Credit: Ag One Solutions

Count Plants and Analyze Stand Establishment

DroneDeploy Teams Up with Ag Tech Companies Aglytix and AgriSens to Offer New Tools for the Growing Season

By Anya Lamb, Marketing Manager @DroneDeploy

Using drones to count plants and perform stand analysis has long been a dream of the precision agriculture community — and it’s now more than just wishful thinking.

After extensive beta testing, we’re excited to announce two new tools available to DroneDeploy customers that will help growers get powerful insights about plant count and stand establishment — just in time for corn and soy emergence across the U.S. Northwest.

Stand Analysis You Can Put Into Action

The analysis calculates the economic loss on the field and offers the opportunity to take preventive or corrective actions to mitigate seed emergence issues. Output includes detailed stand gap mapping, a PDF report highlighting the economic impact, and a zoned shapefile that you can use to make better decisions about where to where to apply inputs.

The sample report (left) highlights loss of emergence on an irrigated corn field showing a zone where a different hybrid was planted with unsatisfactory results. This field had a $7,000 loss of emergence due to poor hybrid placement which will enable the grower to both make better decisions in next year’s planting and better apply nutrients to where they are best utilized during the current growing season.

A Faster Way to Count Crops

The tool leverages your DroneDeploy map to provide accurate information and early insights into the quality of sowing and plant growth for seasonal crops and can also be used to help you manage and keep track of plant count in perennial plantations. It counts individual plants on the mapped area and outputs a report with the plant count and other seeding details.

DroneDeploy user Toshiro Aoki, an agronomist with a private farm in Northern California, tried the plant count tool after several hundred thousand young tomato plants were transplanted and started failing. Read Toshiro’s story.

“It’s a more efficient and simplified process to get a wider view of a count on an entire field, and it helps us hold the planting company accountable,” said Toshiro.

How to Get Started

  • At least 2.5 cm/pixel resolution
  • Individual plants are visible in the map

For complete imagery requirements and step-by-step instructions, please check out our help center. Following your first free report, fees will apply for additional successful reports.

Start Mapping Today

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