A new smartphone app offers farmers a cheaper and easier way to monitor their crops, simply with a mobile phone and a cheap drone. Developed by Northumbria-based Drone Ag in the UK, the Skippy Scout app will fly the farmer’s drone and collect high-resolution images at various points in the chosen field.
Jack Wrangham, who founded Drone Ag with his brother Hugh on the family farm, explains that the images are then downloaded straight to the phone. Images are then ready to be analysed for crop growth stage, green area index, the presence of weeds and disease. “You can then share the data from your phone at the field’s edge.”
This is the first software from the drone company and what makes it different to competitor systems is that it will control the farmer’s drone.