Why Multispectral Mapping beats NDVI

Why Multispectral Mapping beats NDVI Multispectral map of tree plantation using Micasense Rededge

Getting the Right Management Insights at the Right Time Why is multispectral mapping so important? Because decision-making is not about pretty pictures, it’s about having the right data for the right job and empowering you to grow the healthiest crops you can. NDVI was good technology 30 years ago when the first Landsat satellites were launched, but there are so many more practical analysis options for Rededge Multispectral mapping data. It has even been shown that in some situations, using NDVI alone can result in false indications. Light conditions also affect how NDVI mapping is interpreted, which can also result […]

How (not) to make your fortune as a drone pilot

About three years ago now, the Australian edition of the Huffington Post online newspaper claimed that being a drone pilot would be the “job of the future” and that drone pilots could expect to earn $100,000 to $150,000 a year. This claim, and others like it, set a lot of people on the path to getting the Remote Aircraft Pilot’s licence (RePL) and/or their Remote Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (ReOC). (If you like this article, please give us some love on Facebook by commenting, sharing or at least giving us a “Like” for our trouble… if you’re in need of drone […]

Drones boost construction industry competitiveness

Drones boost construction industry competitiveness Wollongabba contour files e1509484085178

As the year draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on how the use of drones is changing the construction industry, especially in the large commercial development sector. 2018 has brought major changes to construction workflows and processes that have seen drones move from the realm of the curious to essential tools in the workplace. As 2018 opened, we were having conversations with construction project managers about using drones on major development sites, but the objectives and outcomes were experimental, exploratory, far from having any measurable benefits or values. Perhaps we could see if excavations have breached site boundary levels? […]

Why is soil conductivity mapping so important to farmers?

The factors that drive Soil EC also drive Soil Productivity Soil conductivity testing and mapping is a proven technology that’s been around for decades. Farmers and growers, crop consultants, nutrient suppliers, agronomists and soil scientists around the world use EM/EC soil testing and soil conductivity mapping in conjunction with physical soil testing and vegetation analysis to manage how they choose which areas will produce the best outcomes for a particular crop, how much seed to sow in each specific area according to the soil type characteristics, how much water to give the crop and what nutrients the soil will need […]

Soil conductivity mapping key to understanding variability

Soil conductivity mapping key to understanding variability EM soil conductivity map e1530250624652

Variability in soil types across a field can be one of the biggest factors in variability of crop yield. Soil salinity, texture, water content and the soil’s ability to hold and use vital nutrients all contribute to crop variability across a field. Now growers can develop accurate maps of soil characteristics across a field, or across an entire farm, thanks to a new on-farm service developed by Queensland Drones, a Queensland-owned precision agriculture service provider. “Electromagnetic Conductivity (EC) soil mapping is a trusted one-off investment in the knowledge needed by growers to understand and respond to soil variability and develop […]

Drones and Privacy – Your Rights

Drones and Privacy – Your Rights Drones and privacy

Quick Summary: There are essentially no privacy rules applying to drone use in Australia at this time. If you believe you are being “stalked” or someone is using a drone to plan a crime, call the Police on 131444. If you believe a drone is being used illegally, report it to CASA. As a busy commercial drone operator, I am often asked about peoples’ right to privacy when drones are flying around them, and it is even, on occasion, suggested that I am invading someone’s privacy by flying a drone near them. So I’d like to clarify your right to […]

So you wanna be a drone pilot?

So you wanna be a drone pilot? Aerial news footage for ABC television

The Definitive Guide to Commercial UAV Operations in Australia UPDATED 19 FEB 2020 If you are an electrical engineer or have significant experience in the electrical transmission, renewable energy, construction engineering or oil and gas industry sectors, and wanting to be a commercial drone pilot, please contact Tony (info@qlddrones.com.au) to discuss current employment opportunities in Qld, NSW and Victoria. If you’ve arrived at this page looking for professional aerial imaging and aerial mapping services, please take a look at our list of Services to find out more about Queensland Drones or Contact us for an obligation-free discussion about your needs. […]

One in three farmers are using drones

Are you still sitting on the fence wondering if drones are going to be useful on your farm? You might well risk being left behind. A new Pulse survey by the US Farm Journal magazine has discovered that 33% of all US farmers are using, or are planning to use, drones to help manage their crops this year. The Pulse survey of more than 1000 US farmers asked a very simple question … “Will you use a drone in your operations this year?”. One third of all respondents said they would use a drone, while another 31% said they would […]

Using NDVI to help manage a golf course

Using NDVI to help manage a golf course golf course ndvi mapping

NDVI (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index) is nothing new in agriculture and has been widely used to detect crop health issues for many years. The idea of using NDVI imaging to manage turf health issues in golf courses is pretty new, although it is closely aligned with NDVI using in managing turf farms. As with the adoption of NDVI imaging in agricultural sectors like horticulture and viticulture, adoption of this technology in golf course management is largely being driven by the needs of companies developing radical solutions to improve the quality of fairways and putting greens. These companies need proof that […]

Macadamia growers’ case study 2017

Macadamia growers’ case study 2017 NDVI mapping of macadamia orchards

Queensland Drones is currently working with Growcom’s Hort360 project team to identify critical correlations between sub-soil conditions, soil drainage and erosion, and tree health in macadamia orchards on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. So far we’ve worked with eight growers over a total of almost 500 acres of prime macadamia orchards across the hinterland region. There are still opportunities for other growers and growers in other regions to join this study. The scope of the trials for macadamia growers is to compare EM38 sub-soil analysis with airborne LIDAR imagery and drone-based NDVI imagery to identify correlations at the sub-surface, surface and canopy levels which […]

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