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Drones Could Help During Drought

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In the midst of this one in 100 year drought, a drone maker has suggested that the small flying machines could be useful for farmers.

Autumn 2018 was the second driest recorded in over a century and above-average temperatures are devastating huge portions of eastern Australia’s grazing and crop land.

In order to combat these vicious winter conditions, the federal and state government have promised relief payouts to stricken farmers that collectively total over $1.5 billion.

According to DroneDeploy, a drone mapping software startup with the largest drone data platform in the world, the aerial insights provided by drones can significantly minimize the time it takes farmers to assess damaged crops, recoup losses, and plan for the future.

 

Applications like high-resolution thermal imaging and computer vision inform farmers where their land and crops are damaged with remarkable accuracy — and they can indicate at the causality of damage too.

Drones can cut land assessment timelines by 90%, meaning farmers can make decisions in-the-moment to mitigate further loss and deliver reports that fast track insurance claims. Drone data can also play a big role in irrigation planning, preserving precious resources while ensuring crops in need get water.

While terrible droughts can't be predicted, farmers can do their best prepare. Drone software can scan soil to detect pre-season issues, helping farmers find the best earth to plant in when rain isn't promised.

Michelle Price has been working as a journalist since 1999 and loves human interest pieces.

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