Drones Enhance Farm’s Precision Agriculture Program
At Bowles Farming Company, precision agriculture doesn’t end with drone data. They gather data on seeding, tractor and driver efficiencies, and actual rates applied for fertilizers. They also record information about speed and coverage of their sprayer, and analyze data from their water truck. Justin combines drone maps with all this data in the John Deere Operations Center. “It provides another layer of information and organizes it all into one place,” says Justin.
The farm uses drones in nearly every aspect of their operations, from assessing drip irrigation leaks, to monitoring crop emergence. Justin even sends screenshots of his DroneDeploy flight plans, which includes the area map, altitude and estimated flight time, to local crop dusters to avoid any airspace conflicts. He appreciates drones, and tools like DroneDeploy, for the simple workflows and actionable data that a single flight can produce.