Drone-based Plant Count Increases Accountability

A grower compares the number of tomato plants in the field to the number supposedly planted

DroneDeploy
Jun 16, 2016 · 4 min read

“We wanted to compare the number of plants in the field to what we’re being billed, so that we can hold the planter accountable,” said Toshiro.

Collecting data in hours, not days.

Toshiro used a DJI Matrice 100 drone to map the 74 acre field.

“I waited until the plants were at a certain stage — about 2–3 weeks old — where they’re big enough to be visible in the map and small enough that you can tell an individual plant from another,” said Toshiro.

He used a Matrice 100, which allowed him to fly the entire 74 acre area at an altitude of 290 ft in just one 30-minute flight.

These tomato plants, about 2–3 weeks old are easy to distinguish from one another.

Analyzing the Map

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“The plant counting seals the deal. It saves us the trouble of having to go out and count the whole field,” Toshiro said.

Where to Learn More

To successfully use the plant count tool, please make sure that your map meets the following imagery requirements:

  • Individual plants are visible in the map

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