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Implementation of precision agriculture in Canada has been relatively slow and confined largely to fertility practices at or before seeding. Advancements in remote sensing will bring about change in management practices throughout the growing season.
Current UAV technology already allows growers to see problems they didn’t know they had — and use that insight to improve their overall farm management. Using mid-range UAV’s for mapping of near-infrared reflectance further improves that insight, by identifying areas of poor growth. But truly transformative technology will come from the combination of robotics, machine learning, and new agronomic insights. We will soon have non-invasive sensors that are able to identify and geolocate specific pests. This will drive change how we manage crops from emergence to harvest, at sub-metre scale.
Markus will provide real-world examples of drones being used on farms across North America, beyond the hype but with a realistic vision for the near future.