Why the Fall is the Ideal Time to Focus on Land Management
It’s harvest time and thoughts are on gathering crops, but there’s another thing to consider. While your fields are clear it’s the ideal time to look at your land and see where you might be losing out. Many farmers are seeing drowned-out land which means damage to crops, lower overall yield and less money in their pocket. You can turn this around by mapping your land and developing a water management plan. With advances in technology this process has never been easier and we can show you how it can be done quickly, accurately, and cost effectively.
In the past mapping your land might have meant eye-balling the ground and taking your best guess at where the water is pooling, and then finding the simplest way to stop it from doing that; however this isn’t accurate and can lead to some costly mistakes. For example, sometimes it’s hard to see where water wants to flow naturally, so you might put a lot of time and energy into diverting it one way when there might have been an easier, less costly way of doing it.
You can use elevation collection equipment attached to a tractor, truck or quad/ATV, but these can get stuck in tough terrain, and they can miss key areas due to the relatively wide grid pattern used. In addition to being a time-consuming process, there’s also the issue of bio-security with these methods as foreign or diseased material can easily get tracked into the fields as they’re being mapped.
Satellites offer global imagery and powerful remote sensing, but have the limitation of not being able to reliably (or affordably) provide precise topographic data. While satellite imagery has greatly improved on the resolution available, in many cases there still isn’t sufficient visual detail to identify smaller land features, and some areas may be difficult to view due to cloud cover or interference.
This is where drone technology comes in and why you’re hearing such a buzz about it. The drones that we use at Green Aero Tech to do our elevation mapping, the eBee RTK, take 400+ photos per quarter section (160ac/65ha), covering every square inch on your land within +/-5cm vertical accuracy. You could compare this to a manual surveyor, but remember that they’re only doing points in a field – not covering every inch of it, so in terms of overall accuracy the drone comes out on top.
The drones can scan 160 acres in 30-40 minutes and a full elevation report can be ready in as little as two days. This easy to read report then enables you to make key changes to your land, whether you do this yourself (with the appropriate permissions) or in seeking a drainage company to make the land improvements.
We’ve completed just over 1,500 flights, generating well over 500 reports that have enabled our clients to make better land decisions that affect their bottom line. We’re now working with some of the biggest players in the agriculture business including Farmers Edge, John Deere dealerships, and NextGen Drainage. There’s a reason these companies work with us. Our team is dedicated to empowering the people we work with by supplying them with the most accurate information as well as incredible service. Let us do the same for you, and show you how you can save time, effort, and money on your elevation mapping.
This fall we’re running a promotion where you can receive up to $1,000 in fuel vouchers when you use us to map your land – if you have any questions or want to contact a member of our team click here now.
If you want to take a look at what the maps look like, check out our blog on saving money with better water drainage.