Monitor crops from above

A small aeroplane on the Lemken stand at the Agritechnica show in Hanover earlier this month attracted some curious on-lookers.


The German cultivation specialist has formed an agreement with Canadian firm CropCam and decided to present the company’s aerial crop monitoring concept at the show to gauge customer reaction.


The CropCam is a remote-controlled plane which has a standard digital camera mounted on the undercarriage to take aerial shots of crops and fields to assess crop nutrition, disease and establishment status.


The unit is auto-pilot programmed – meaning that it needs no human input once it is in the sky.


The auto-pilot function can be pre-programmed to fly the plane in a set pattern over a field using GPS references.


No formal agreement has been drawn up but it is possible that Lemken will offer the crop monitoring system in the UK.


fwmachinery@rbi.co.uk