Agricultural drone jobs taking off in northern Australia

Written on the 13 December 2016

Agricultural drone jobs taking off in northern Australia The jobs are stacking up for a newly-established drone business in the far north of Western Australia.

From crop inspections, to filming promotional videos and even tree-counting for one of the local forestry companies, Kununurra-based Ben Broadwith is keeping his new drone busy.

"The technology with these things is moving so quickly, and so too is the type of jobs and industries which can benefit from them," he said.

"What I'm really excited about is the potential for multispectral cameras which can monitor plant health.

"They do that by using a near-infrared-camera (NIV), which our eyes can't see.

"It's a wavelength of light which is reflected from the plant, and based on its health, is how much light it reflects which the camera can detect.

"We can use that data to let farmers know where they can apply less or more fertiliser.

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Source:  ABC Rural


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