Recently we met Dr. Greg Crutsinger, the founding father of Scholar Farms, which is a consultancy that makes a speciality of coaching for utilizing drones for vegetation mapping.
As drone functions have proliferated over the previous few years, vegetation mapping has been adopted in quite a lot of eventualities.
A short while again we interviewed Dr. Richard Alward, a biologist who makes use of drones in his work as a plant ecologist. Richard makes use of knowledge collected by drone to create vegetation maps that assist him hold gasoline and oil corporations accountable for the reclamation work they’re presupposed to do.
A slide from one among Richard’s displays containing a vegetation map
created with knowledge collected by drone
Researchers are additionally utilizing drone vegetation knowledge of their work. Some time in the past we wrote a few research that relied on knowledge collected by way of aerial thermography to create vegetation maps that had been used within the cultivation and phenotyping of cereals.
And in fact farmers are utilizing vegetation mapping to optimize yields by means of precision agriculture.
About Scholar Farms
Scholar Farms was based from Greg’s intensive expertise in tutorial analysis and instructing.
Drones have helped me save heaps and plenty of time, and so they’ve additionally helped enhance accountability for a few of these corporations which can be accountable for restoring the areas the place they drilled.
– Dr. Greg Crutsinger
While he was conducting analysis within the area as a PhD in Ecology and evolutionary biology, Greg caught the drone bug, and he started testing the usage of UAVs on plant experiments. He grew to become particularly interested by how autonomous drone expertise may allow amassing knowledge that might impression agriculture, and the way drones would permit sensors to be deployed in new and thrilling methods to impression analysis and evaluation all through a rising season.
Check out our interview with Greg at AUVSI XPONENTIAL this yr
Greg grew to become so intrigued by the potential drones offered that he ended up leaving the security web of academia to pursue his ardour for drone expertise. He joined the drone business in 2015 because the Academic Programs Director at 3D Robotics. From there he went on to be a Sales Director at Pix4D and Parrot earlier than founding Scholar Farms.
Scholar Farms‘ core choices are on-line trainings for utilizing drones in vegetation mapping. They just lately launched Phytomappers Pro, a masterclass for vegetation mapping utilizing drones.
The course was constructed for professionals, together with drone service suppliers, agronomists, land managers, and researchers. It was constructed from the bottom up, protecting drone hardware, sensors, knowledge assortment and analytics all associated to vegetation. It additionally offers a basis within the concept behind vegetation indices, reminiscent of NDVI, and use and interpret them. Although the category is targeted on vegetation, it was actually constructed for a broad viewers. So, whether or not you already know little or no about vegetation or are knowledgeable agronomist, the course has one thing to supply everybody.
In addition to Phytomappers Pro, Scholar Farms produces common video content material offering perception on drones and plant mapping. Here are some instance movies that is likely to be of curiosity.
Want to study extra about utilizing a drone for vegetation mapping? Visit the Scholar Farms web site now.
If you determine to enroll in one among Scholar Farm’s paid programs, ensure that to make use of promo code FARMDRONE50 to get $50 off. (Just a be aware—this code is barely good for 30 days, so it would expire on June 18.)
Want to study extra about what Scholar Farms does? Check out these YouTube movies highlighting their work coaching drone pilots to do vegetation mapping: