Burdened with a cool spring, farmers in Eastern Canada received much-needed help in instantly diagnosing and correcting stand establishment challenges this year thanks to the arrival of the world’s largest agricultural drone fleet and Corteva Flight™.
Corteva Flight is proprietary recognition software that, when combined with advanced mapping technology from DroneDeploy, allows growers to quickly and accurately assess stand counts from the air. In less than 15 minutes, the drones can survey a 160-acre field to identify variations in plant soil and health, giving farmers direct access to real-time aerial views and data, helping them make more informed agronomic decisions, better assess disease or pest concerns and optimally place products.
“What makes Corteva Flight such an incredibly powerful tool is its ability to overcome sample biases of stand assessment in the past,” explains Dave Harwood, Technical Services Manager for Corteva Agriscience. “A tenth of an acre sampled more frequently and across a wider area provides more accuracy and efficiency that’s far less subject to error.”
Corteva Agriscience™ has now deployed more than 400 drones from DJI, the world leader in commercial and civilian drones, across its global teams. Harwood says the nine drones deployed in Eastern Canada this spring paid instant dividends for farmers.
“With Canada being on the northern edge of corn and soybean production in North America, the cooler weather often leads to more establishment challenges,” says Harwood. “This spring, our agronomists were able to use the drones to quickly and accurately assess corn and soybean establishment for our customers so they could make timely decisions on whether they needed additional planting.”
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