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Skippy Scout app for crop walking by drone

An app for iOS mobile phones provides automatic drone flights to capture high resolution images of target locations within fields.

The Skippy Scout app developed by UK-based Drone AG, a farm-based business supplying drones and certified training for crop scouting, aims to provide a simple-to-use solution accessible to growers and consultants on the basis of both cost and technology.

Users select a field in an on-screen map, name it and then add details such as the crop, seed rate and sowing date, before identifying with a tap on the screen locations within the field they want photographed. With the phone then slotted into and connected to a hand-held drone control device, tapping ‘go’ launches the flight.

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Having identified a field and plotted points of interest on the screen of a mobile phone, the Skippy Scout app will pilot a small drone to take hi-res images for analysis.
Having identified a field and plotted points of interest on the screen of a mobile phone, the Skippy Scout app will pilot a small drone to take hi-res images for analysis.

Super hi-res images

The app instructs the drone to each point of interest in turn, where it hovers close to the ground to collect what Drone AG describes as super hi-res images. These are available to view immediately after the flight, with image analysis providing crop growth stage, plant population, green area index and the presence of disease.

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  • Using the app with a relatively simple, affordable multi-rotor drone, such as the DJI Mavic can save much of the time taken to physically walk a crop, says Drone AG.

    Using the app with a relatively simple, affordable multi-rotor drone, such as the DJI Mavic can save much of the time taken to physically walk a crop, says Drone AG.

  • Field scouting kit – cell phone with the Skippy Scout app connected to a DJI Mavic multi-rotor drone controller.

    Field scouting kit – cell phone with the Skippy Scout app connected to a DJI Mavic multi-rotor drone controller.

It also detects weeds in the crop and calculates the percentage ground cover they represent to help with spraying decisions. These data together with the image can be shared from the side of the field.

Using Skippy Scout saves time over traditional crop walking

Drone AG says using Skippy Scout with popular multi-rotor drones such as the DJI Mavic and Phantom series saves time over traditional crop walking while providing more information that can easily be shared. The app is free during the late 2018 launch and testing phase.

Product summary

Company: Drone AG
Name: Skippy Scout
Type: Drone field scouting app
Key feature: Operates drones through an iOS phone and controller; touch screen set-up and automated flight control to specified locations; captures high-resolution images available immediately for analysis of useful data that can be shared from the feld.
More info: www.droneag.farm

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