Christina Cardoza

Apr 19, 2017 12:17:30 PM

The days are getting longer and warmer, which means the spring growing season is upon us. Just in team for the season, DroneDeploy is releasing a new solution to enable farmers to create accurate maps of their fields. The Fieldscanner solution is a real-time drone mapping solution designed to provide immediate in-field analysis to farmers. The company released the solution into beta this week.

"Growers have been asking for real-time, in-field mapping for a long time, and we're excited to be the first company to deliver a solution," said Mike Winn, CEO of DroneDeploy.

According to the company, farmers need immediate access to information because changes happen so fast during the growing season. With aerial imagery, growers are able to detect variability over large fields and within tall crops that could be difficult to see from the ground-level.

"Real-time data directly from your drone right to the tailgate of your truck while the drone is inflight -- it's so easy, anyone can use it," said Chad Colby, general manager at Central Illinois Ag, who helped test Fieldscanner before the release. "Testing this product, I knew this was a game-changer. Fieldscanner just made a drone the ultimate scouting tool!"

Fieldscanner is able to spot weeds and pests, detect plant stress, evaluate crop damage, and determine the best time to harvest and maximize yields. In addition, the solution can operate entirely offline.

"Time is in short supply on the farm, so when considering a new tool, the faster and easier, the better," said Jim Love, Light Robotics Manager at Beck's Hybrids. "With the ability to capture data in minutes, offline, with just a drone and a phone, Fieldscanner represents the missing link that will transform drones from useful tool, to a must-have for weekly crop scouting."

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