SLANTRANGE Inc., a provider of drone-based remote sensing and analytics systems for agriculture, has announced a new suite of analytics services developed specifically for the needs of test plot research.
SLANTRANGE Aerial Phenotyping provides researchers and breeders with new classes of agronomic information for each individual plot of a field trial, the company says.
According to SLANTRANGE, the service is delivered through a three-step process:
- Planning: The SLANTRANGE team develops a data collection and delivery strategy to meet the individual objectives of the research program. The plan includes details such as field locations and sizes; crop types, metrics and growth stages; trial and plot details; and data delivery formats and methods.
- Data Collection: SLANTRANGE collects aerial survey and other data throughout the season as required to meet the objectives defined in the data collection plan. Collections are conducted by certified and insured drone operators.
- Data Processing and Delivery: Quick-look results are available on-site within minutes for scouting, with fully tabulated and validated analytical products aggregated over the season to support ease of integration with downstream analyses.
“Our new Aerial Phenotyping service is a natural extension of our current product offering,” states Michael Ritter, CEO of SLANTRANGE. “Our research customers rely on the accuracy of our patented sensing and analytics technology but were using manual computation to generate results for individual test plots. Our service now provides a fully integrated and automated solution to deliver the information they need at the time, place and format they need it. Building on our initial success with Bayer in 2017, we’re proud to be supporting the research programs of Monsanto’s The Climate Corp., Land O’Lakes’ WinField United and AgReliant with this new analytics service.”
“High-resolution imaging and in-field analytics creates powerful new insights for farmers,” says Wendy Poulsen, director of pipeline innovation and optimization at The Climate Corp. “We are excited to be working with SLANTRANGE to unlock new value in agriculture.”
SLANTRANGE says the service provides two major advantages over current data collection methods for test plots. First, a full suite of phenotype metrics is delivered that can be difficult or impossible to accurately measure with ground-based or other aerial measurement techniques, such as manned aircraft or satellites. Example metrics include plant counts, plant size distributions, vegetation fraction, chlorophyll index, vegetation indices such as NDVI, and customized metrics for specific crops or research objectives. Second, the service provides an automated and scalable solution to collect this data. SLANTRANGE handles all of the data collection and processing, with complete coverage of every plot in every field, and can scale the service to meet the different needs of research operations.