Integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft and G Farm Network
The integration of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)/drones to the farm network will significantly improve the productivity of the business from the farmer’s home office. The benefits of drones as part of the farming ecosystem include:
- Paddock and vegetation NVDI mapping to understand grazing patterns and pasture available. This data can be compared against the movement of livestock via the trackers for planned access to specific paddocks
- Remote on-farm asset inspections (water points, dams, gates, fences, livestock, tractors, motorbikes)
- Farm security (fence conditions and ingress of native fauna, wild dogs, or trespassers)
- Farm mapping and monitoring
The farmer may deploy the RPA to a specific area to inspect an alarm or livestock before deciding whether to proceed to the scene themselves. This assessment will let the farmer know what equipment they will need to fix the problem before getting on site, saving an extra trip back to the shed on the quadbike.
The sensors onboard the RPA will give the farmer a unique understanding of the soil quality and the condition of crops in the early stages of germination through to maturity. This data can be used for planning water, pesticide, or fungicide distribution and allow a more cost effective and precise approach for the season.
IDS is also investigating the possibility of medication delivery via dart or paintball to livestock by the drone. Once delivered, details of the dose will be added to the animal’s history for quick reference by the farmer, veterinarian, or buyers.