When to use your drone
Here you'll find a seasonal timeline of some of the best applications for a drone system on the farm. This applies mainly to Cereal and OSR crops, but could be adapted to others easily.
Tip - Mapping green growth in stubble will easily show with a normal RGB cameraNEXT
Tip - High resolution RGB is better than NIR/Multispectral hereNEXT
Take a Break
Not much happens in winter... plus it's far too cold/wet/miserable to be outside flying a drone anyway...
Spring is on the way though and crops will start to grow and change fast... so be ready!
In Spring an NIR sensor will give you benefits, consider upgrading
Tip - An NIR based sensor will show up problems earlier than a normal camera
Tip - Use disease risk prediction services, if risk is medium-high, map to get early warning
Tip - A simple 3 or 4 zone map will help on OSR, even with manual adjustment of application
Tip - If you have access to the RedEdge band (NDRE or CCCI indexes), use it - it's the best for Chlorophyll/nutrient estimation, although RGB based GAI is good for OSR.
Mid to Late Season
Yield and Weeds
Tip - Yield prediction isn't that amazingly accurate from just canopy cover...
Tip - Crop height is a powerful tool for yield, but you'll need an elevation map from early season to calculate it