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Sentera sensors transform DJI Inspire 2 Drone into more efficient crop-scouting tool

Farming has gone high-tech as agricultural drones equipped with sensors have become invaluable tools for farmers. The sensors allow growers to manage their crops and land more efficiently, potentially conserving water, increasing yields, and minimizing the use of fertilizers and sprays.

Minneapolis-based Sentera — a supplier of integrated remote sensing and analytics solutions — has added to the agricultural drone’s ease of use with its gimbaled Double 4k and Quad sensors. The sensors can now be paired with DJI Inspire 2 drones, providing agronomists, crop consultants and farmers with the ability to capture diverse vegetation indices in a single drone platform with longer flight times. While in flight, the sensor automatically captures crop health data in a single pass and according to the user’s desired flight parameters.  

Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera notes that the enhancement also allows for swappable payloads. “Being able to swap payloads on-the-fly gives our customers the ability to decide what crop health indices they want to collect while they are in the field. If you’re an advisor and support multiple growers in a single day, this flexibility of data capture increases operational efficiency and allows you to completely customize a crop scouting mission based on specifications unique to your application and needs,” says Poulson. 


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