Published on Aug 1, 2017

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Drones in the Vines


Agricultural and viticultural businesses around the Hunter Valley are invited to attend a free seminar on the benefits of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for land management.

The Hunter Innovation and Science Hub have partnered with National Science Week to bring you essential information about how drone technology and big data can benefit agricultural and viticultural businesses.

Data gathered from UAVs can increase yield and profits in the agricultural and viticultural sectors by gathering data on soil, irrigation and invasive species.

Major sponsors, iiSpy will conduct the UAV demonstrations and seminar offered at the event. To register for this seminar and demonstration, click on the link at the end of this article.


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How do UAVs benefit business?

UAV technology comes at a fraction of the price of satellite imagery or hiring a pilot and plant to survey land and can come equipped with sensors, GPS, camera and autopilot software.

UAVs can be equipped with sensors which pick up information outside the visual spectrum allowing capture of infrared images showing soil composition.

With all this equipment, UAVs are well placed to capture and store huge amounts of data about agricultural or landscape conditions.

This data, typically termed big data, can be collated and investigated to reveal vital information about the state of the land or the state of a crop or livestock, along with information about soils, irrigation and chemical composition.

The location of invasive pests and weeds can be captured, and the effects of climatic events can be determined across large areas of land at relatively little cost.

According to Berkley University in the United States, big data, generated from sensors and GPS have enabled agricultural industries in the United States to measure soil conditions, wind and water conditions and availability as well as fertiliser requirements across large tracts of land.

This information can be used to assess and improve and reduce the cost of land management practices.

With open-source software now available for navigation as well as the decrease in the price of UAVs, the use of this technology has become much more feasible for land managers.

Demonstration and Seminar:

Saturday 19 August 2017, 10am to 12 noon at Estate Tuscany, Mistletoe Lane and Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320.

To register click Drones in the Vines.