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DroneDeploy and Skymatics Help Grower, Seed Rep Assess Damage to Cornfield
When a weather event causes major crop loss in a corn field, growers, insurance adjustors, and sometimes even seed companies all have a stake in gathering as much information as possible about the damaged crop. But with traditional scouting methods, it can be difficult to get a handle on the extent of the damage. Drone mapping provides ag professionals with an efficient, accurate way to assess crop loss.
When he’s not flying his drone over the fields of central Illinois, Jeremy Jones of Overhead Agearns his living building state-of-the-art classrooms and research spaces. “I’m a technology expert, not an ag expert,” says Jones. But over the years, he’s begun to spend more time on his father-in-law’s farm, and in the process, has learned a lot about the struggles farmers face.
Several years ago, he started Overhead Ag as a way to help growers in his community make more informed decisions about their crops. This summer, new Part 107 license in hand, he began to offer commercial drone services for hire to local corn and soybean growers.
Jeremy regularly uses DroneDeploy to map fields affected by crop loss. After the launch of the app market this past November, he quickly discovered the added value he gets from pairing his DroneDeploy maps with crop damage analysis from Skymatics.
“The ability to produce all of these requests through one platform is a powerful feature set. DroneDeploy makes that easy — the app store just extends that simplicity.” — Jeremy Jones, Overhead Ag
We caught up with Jeremy to learn more about his experiences adding Skymatics reports to his DroneDeploy workflow.
Agronomist Uses Drone Map to Analyze Crop Damage
When a season of heavy rains, followed by several episodes of high wind, downed a significant amount of a 105-acre cornfield in central Illinois, the company that produced the seed hired Jeremy to map the field. Because of the extensive crop loss, the grower who owned the field had contacted not only his insurance agent, but his seed rep as well.
Wanting to take a deeper look into why the crop experienced such a significant loss, the seed company’s agronomist asked Jeremy to grid scan the field with his Phantom Pro 3, process the map in DroneDeploy and then export the data as a GeoTIFF. The plan was for the agronomist to overlay the map with other data, like elevation patterns, in ArcGIS and use this information for research into issues such as the possible impact of standing water in some sections of the field and the standability of different varieties of seed.
Jeremy flew the 105-acre field in twenty four minutes, with one battery swap, using his Phantom Pro 3. He flew at an altitude of just under 400 feet with an 80/65 overlap. He usually tries to keep his frontlap higher, because it doesn’t take any additional flight time on his part, and he figures you never know when the higher resolution map might come in handy.
“I like to produce as high of a resolution as possible, because you never know what new technology is going to come out that will make that resolution useful.” -Jeremy Jones
Skymatics Report Adds Value to DroneDeploy Map
As it so happened, just a few weeks after Jeremy mapped the field, he learned about the launch of the DroneDeploy app market, which includes an application from analysis company Skymatics. Jeremy was able to submit his map to Skymatics directly from his DroneDeploy dashboard and receive a comprehensive crop damage report. In a few day’s, he got a PDF report that included a calculation of crop loss and a categorized damage map.
“Having a report with a breakdown of damage, especially widespread damage, is huge.” — Jeremy Jones