Drones detect nutrient deficiencies in PEI fields

The aerial shots provide a colour spectrum of a field and indicate which areas might need attention

Farmers in Prince Edward Island are getting help learning about their health of their crops from overhead.

They’re using a drone to take high-resolution photographs that can tell a farmer what is needed to produce a good crop and a good yield.

Brennan Gaudet of Paradigm Precision says the drone has enough zoom power to detect the nutrient deficiencies in a field.

It’s part of the 4R program being sponsored by the province, the Island’s potato board and Fertilizer Canada.

The program is in its third year and has helped reduce nitrates leaching into the groundwater.

The aerial shots provide a colour spectrum of a field and indicate which areas might need attention.

The drone images can identify issues such as nutrient excess or privation, or soil compaction and disease.

 

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