Every year, the first few days and weeks after planting are a time of anticipation. A lot of planning and work went into preparing for the new season, and with the planting process complete, now all you can do is watch the fields, keep an eye on the weather and wait for the first signs of green to emerge.

Sentera can help you sharpen your focus and make more accurate assessments. During the early season, from the time all the seeds are in the ground until crop canopies start to close in late June, there are five key areas to consider:

  1. Stand counts—are the new crops germinating and emerging as anticipated?
  2. Weed pressure—are unexpected weeds threatening the seedlings?
  3. Early signs of disease—is there any indication of early season disease?
  4. Equipment performance—is there evidence of faulty sprayers or planters?
  5. Storm damage—after heavy rain or high winds, how are crops recovering?

Precise data is critical for accurate analysis, decisions and action plans, and Sentera remote scouting systems are engineered for faster, better informed insights into farm health.

The sensors you’ll be using range from onboard RGB cameras that come with many drones to the latest innovations from Sentera such as the AGX710 Gimbaled Sensor. An RGB camera does what cameras on smartphones do. It captures images or video of things you can see. A sensor such as the AGX710, however, is a multi-function device and captures RGB in addition to NDVI, NDRE data and more. The AGX710 also offers live video, and the sensor zooms for higher altitude scouting.

It’s important to note that growers, agronomists and other farm advisers can make field-edge assessments with Sentera. Whether you’re using Climate FieldView™ or Sentera FieldAgent®, you can start analyzing data right away. Sentera FieldAgent fully integrates with Climate FieldView with seamless data flow between the two platforms.

Consider a situation where you suspect a nitrogen deficiency due an anhydrous applicator malfunction or human error. Depending on the orientation of the field and how you view it from ground level, you may not be able to see where the problem areas are. But as soon as you send up a drone, you can immediately start seeing where the yellow streaks are and use FieldAgent to analyze the data, make a prescription and push it to the equipment needed to make a correction.

Aerial-based analysis with Sentera means you can scout fields and collect data as early in the season as you want and as often as you want, working within the critical early season window while there’s time to gauge how well the new crops are growing and make corrections as necessary. In the event of a storm, you can wait a few days and see how well the crops are recovering.

For more information on the latest in weed density mapping and real-time stand counts with Sentera, click over to YouTube and watch two short videos.

Contact Sentera to arrange a FieldAgent demo.