Growers of rice in Japan have started to buy into a new service available to them, which enables them to fertilise their crops remotely, as reported by futurefarming.com.
The application, by FarmEye Company Ltd, was produced as part of a joint operation between Optics specialists Konica Minolta and tractor manufacturers Yanmar.
Farmers are now being urged to use the remote crop sensing system and airborne variable rate application of fertilisers.
The system was launched by Yanmar, to help provide a remote crop scouting service and allow farmers to remotely analyze their crops. The service, provides drone sensing as well as image analysis, before then advising farmers on how to improve the performance of their crops.
How it benefits farmers:
- It will help farmers improve the efficiency of a farmers system.
- It will also help reduce labour hours and negate the need for more workers, which agriculture are struggling to encourage to enter the industry.
- Studies have found that it will help improve yields.
- It will help improve profits. Trials have shown it has helped increase revenues by as much as 14.5% for some growers and up to 33% for the high quality growers.
- Allows for more precise fertiliser spreading, reducing waste.
- Allows for measurement of chlorophyll.
- Offers information on soil fertility AND a crops nitrogen absorption levels.