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Use Drones To Spot Rust Early

Scouting for Rust with Skippy Scout

Skippy Scout is able to help you to pinpoint diseases such as yellow rust and Septoria tritici earlier using drone imagery.

Spotting the signs of common diseases as early as possible has become increasingly important to controlling them promptly. A drone can scout a field of your choice and send images to your mobile phone five times faster than conventional crop walking. If you’d like to learn more about this, try our using you farm drone guide, which explains plenty!

With Skippy a drone can fly in close proximity to the crop and take high resolution, leaf level images that are sent to your phone in real time. These images can be used to identify the extent to which disease is affecting leaves. 

In minutes a drone can take images of multiple points in a field. The images are detailed enough to identify early signs of many common crop diseases. Skippy Scout therefore offers you an opportunity to spot diseases faster and reduce the risk of irreparable damage to your yield, which will ultimately improve your crop margin.

If you would like to learn more about how to do this with you drone, we have put together a comprehensive guide that covers how it works. Also if you don’t own a drone yet, we cover what drones are best based on what we use every day! Get the guide

Using drones also enables you to share images of crops with your agronomist between visits. 

In addition to high resolution images we are also developing artificial intelligence (AI) to interpret drone images. AI will be integrated into Skippy Scout later this year and will use images to help identify and inform users of diseases. This will reduce the need for users to interpret images to identify disease and has the potential to save acres of crops worldwide.

This technology gives me an accurate image of how crops are developing at this time of year. Using Skippy Scout, or looking at images sent to me, I can identify disease before it becomes too established and protect crops earlier.

Robert OrdAgronomist for MSP Agriculture

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