A picture is worth a thousand words — a picture from the air is exponentially more important. With our venture into the UAS industry we have the capability to get you a bird’s eye view of your operation. Whether it’s to create variable rate recommendations for fertilizer, looking for water stress, checking for emerging issues, or just admiring another beautiful field, you will be amazed by what you can learn just by changing your perspective.
Visual photos are fun to look at — but the real power lies in the vegetative indices. With the Multispec’s 4 cameras we take green, red, red-edge and N-IR photos. When we combine them to make NDVI or CIRE indices, we can start to see plant stress that is not visible to the human eye for another couple weeks. Some of these indices also mirror harvest maps giving producers a sneak peek at potential yields.
- Management zone creation
- Yield variability estimates
We are all familiar with RGB images where red, green and blue light are added together to create colored images. Examples are television, digital images from cameras and computer monitors. RGB digital cameras measure light intensity in the red, green and blue bands.
A multispectral camera captures image data at specific frequencies (usually 4 to 6 frequencies). For example, our eBee multispectral camera captures data in the green (550 nm.), red (660 nm.), red edge (735 nm.) and NIR (790 nm.).
If you hold your hand over a black car in bright sunlight you can feel the thermal radiation. Your hand becomes a thermal sensor. The earth or a black car hood absorb the visible light that the sun emits and reradiates it as thermal energy which your hand can feel. A thermal camera measures this thermal radiation. The data the camera records can then be analyzed.
Where RGB captures data on three bands and multispectral captures data on four to six bands, hyperspectral captures data on hundreds of bands.
Call Midplains Ag at 402.843.5342 to see your fields with a bird's eye.