Australia: Bellamish Aerial Imaging checks on tree health

Bellamish Aerial Imaging Solutions can tell growers how their crop is performing with a simple press of a button. This will send a thermal imaging drone whirring across fields. Owner Craig Corpe said he could provide farmers with an overview of crop health with relative ease. He supplies a drone that has an imager with five cameras, recording five specific bands of the light spectrum.

“We upload those images into specific software and algorithms are run,” Craig told “By selecting a variety of those spectral bands, we're able to calculate crop health, and a series of crop indices, as they're called, to tell us where the crop is at from a health point of view, early stage growth, we can also detect weeds in in the crops.”

Craig Corpe from Bellamish Aerial Imaging Solutions produces thermal imaging to identify unhealthy trees for local farmers.

Craig recently identified a section of stressed trees on a local citrus farm allowing the grower to revive them before their health declined beyond repair. “We actually isolated 11 trees that we felt that more than likely the watering system wasn't working, they were very stressed trees. So we can find the stress level of trees based on the chlorophyll output. Pests within the trees will come back with a different intensity, a different light, so that we can see where they are at. But generally, crop health is the big thing that we're getting using a red edge camera.”

When combining Bellamish Aerial Imaging Solutions with other smart technology, Craig said it can provide benefits for broadacre crops.

“Not only can we get crop health, but we can also feed in a request information based on the levels of health. And we'll get a what looks like a topographic map, but it's a fertiliser map and that then can be loaded into their tractors.”

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