A new version of the drone-enabled crop scouting app, Skippy Scout, is being launched using a national roadshow that will offer free attendance to five localised events throughout the UK. Agricultural drone software specialists, Drone Ag, will be offering live interactive demonstrations in:
Northumberland on October 16th 9:30am – 12 noon at East Lilburn Farm, NE66 4ED
Shropshire on October 20th 9:30am – 12 noon at Harper Adams University, Agri-EPI Centre Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub, TF10 8JZ
Leicestershire on October 21st 9:30am – 12 noon at The Allerton Project, LE7 9XE
Norfolk on October 22nd 9:30am – 12 noon at North Hill Farm, IP25 7SA
Yorkshire on October 23rd 9:30am – 12 noon at W Potter & Sons Farm, YO7 3PQ
Each will see the new 2.5 version of the award-winning software launched to new and existing users.
“This marks a big step for Skippy Scout because we are launching the new artificial intelligence (AI) software that will count plants, measure healthy crop cover compared to weed cover, report on damaged crops and highlight insect damage,” explains Drone Ag founder Jack Wrangham.
Automated analysis of images taken using drones will detect the percentage of weeds compared to healthy crop, plants per square metre, instances of disease and insect damage. “Skippy Scout 2.5 is the most advanced crop scouting tool we have produced and is the culmination of years of development work, so we are looking forward to demonstrating to existing and potential users during our roadshow,” says Mr Wrangham.
In conjunction with AI, the new version will also draw on satellite data to track and benchmark crop health. “Satellite health maps appear as layers in the app and are updated up to three times a week,” says Mr Wrangham. “These maps act as a guide to help the user target areas based on key crop performance indicators and can help to identify issues. This might be very high growth early in the season that could indicate weeds, or areas of low biomass that would indicate gaps in planting,” he adds.
The roadshow will tour five destinations in the UK and is free for anybody who wants to learn more about using drones for crop scouting. Places can be booked by visiting www.skippy.farm/roadshow