What comes into our mind when talking about precision agriculture is professional, state-of-the-art drone technology. Earlier this month, Santera announced the ability to turn DJI consumer drones, especially DJI Mavic, to a precision agriculture platform that helps collect NDVI crop health data.
NDVI, the normalized difference vegetation index, is an important graphical indicator for farmers to analyse distant sensing measurements and assess whether the land contains live vegetation or not. The images provided by NDVI may help when prescribing fertilizers, estimating yields and identifying weeds. With the deployment of drone with these sensors, it can save lots of time and ensures precision when doing those surveys.
Sentera’s TrueNDVI can be integrated with DJI drones, including the DJI Mavic. With the sensor, the drone can be deployed over fields of crops to capture visual-band RGB, near-infrared (NIR) and creates NDVI maps. Being able to detect the downside areas, the drone will move into action. The information will be transmitted into the Sentera AgVault software program, where the information is saved and analytics carried out.
According to the Vice President of Agriculture for Sentera, Kris Poulson says that DJI Mavic with TrueNDVI upgrade is able to offer customers who are seeking compact, easily transportable drone, especially growers, farmers and agronomists. He also said southern state customers are already deploying the drone with their sensors. “Now is the optimal time to start using True NDVI data to make input decisions: while the plants are young and vigor can be influenced.”
Customers who are interested can purchase the drone directly through Sentera, who provides a full upgrade of the NDVI Single Sensor onto the airframe while leaving the 3-axis gimbal untouched. DJI drone users can also get their drone upgraded and modified by sending it to Sentera which will cost up to $1,999 to $2,749. The DJI Mavic with Sentera upgrade costs $3,649, while the Phantom 4 Professional costs $4,148, and the Inspire 1 costs $4,748.