Precision Agriculture

Taking the stress out of your plants

Data From The Sky

We deliver the most accurate & reliable data multispectral technology can offer

Happy Plants

We care about your crops as much as you and want to help you get the best yields

Help & Support

Helping you and your Agronomist understand your data

A unique service for PEI growers

Pre-Plant & Emergence

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Evaluate seed inputs and equipment performance
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Improve in-season management decisions
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Produce plant population maps
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Monitor weed density and locations
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Prepare field zone maps for variable rate planting

In Season Production

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Improve irrigation management
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Analyze crop health at field edge
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Identify disease or pest outbreaks before they become detrimental
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Validate prescription treatment effectiveness
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Act before issues are visible to the naked eye

Late Season & Harvest

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Determine late season nitrogen needs
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Reduce over-fertilization
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Evaluate harvest readiness
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Identify harvest order
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Apply inputs with precision
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Plan irrigation scheduling

Out Of Season Planning

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Create drainage plans
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Design sub-surface drainage
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Build variable rate prescriptions
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Evaluate equipment operation and practices
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Analyze historical data to monitor trends
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Determine baseline spectral measurements

inspire 2 Real Estate Pro Drone

Using post-flight photogrammetry software and state-of-the-art drone mounted sensors, we are able to deliver fast, accurate and reliable crop health NIR data, identifying crop stresses before they become visible, with Weed Maps, Plant Counts, Prescription files for variable rate spraying and Orthomosaic imaging for soil moisture content and irrigation planning etc..

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'Increase Yields with Actionable Data'

The Data Collection Process

Field Scout and Assessment

We initially visit the field location and produce a GPS grid track (and geo-referenced field boundary) to ensure complete data coverage that will be consistent throughout the growing season. We also conduct some calibration measurements and discuss the type of crops to make sure you get the results you need.

Drone Flight Regulatory Procedures

Before launching a drone anywhere in Canada a detailed flight plan must be prepared, which includes emergency procedures, weather reports, checklists and emergency contacts. There are also additional procedures to follow when operating in 'controlled' airspace.

Drone Field NIR & RGB Data Collection

A calibrated 'Five Band Multi Spectrometer' sensor is attached to the drone (which follows the pre-programmed GPS track) collecting image data of the crops in the RGB, NIR and IR spectrums. We can also measure the ambient daylight reflectance for additional accuracy and data consistency.

Data Processing

The data is copied from the drone and uploaded to our secure servers, where the images are checked for calibration and accuracy before being made available for you to see.

Data Conversion to Vegetation Indices

Sometimes, during important growth stages of your crops, more specific vegetation indices may be useful in your crop health analysis. All our data collection runs are conducted with a multi-band sensor, allowing you to extract 7 different indices to analyze (*subscription required), all with a corrected and 'stitched' Orthomosaic image view, helping make your data work for you...

- NDVI

Normalized Differential Vegetation Index

NDVI is a standard way to measure vegetation health and is the 'baseline' measurement for all your NIR data.

- NDRE
- GNDVI
- CIRE
- CIG
- NDWI
- TCARI/OSAVI
- RGB

Speciality Crops & Forestry

We can also capture multispectral data for speciality crops like Blueberries, Grape Vines, Hemp, Orchards and Trees. Some of these measurements will require adjusted variants of the standard list of indices, contact us for more details?

The Field Agent Data Viewer

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Access, analyze and share your data where you want, when you want...

Skygate NDVI FieldAgent Viewer

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Drones

Drone Crop Spraying

The Future Of Crop Dusting

CROP HEALTH DATA COLLECTION SERVICES

Our simple 'Data Collection' process is a unique service for PEI growers wanting to try out our drone data collection technology, providing a quick 'snapshot' of crop health with one fixed price and without any advanced features or the need to subscribe to anything. Ideal to quickly identify problem areas and to see if your field may benefit from our more advanced data analysis and subscription plans in the long term.

* All our data can integrate into GIS software and existing platforms like Climate Fieldview, MyJohnDeere, Pix4Dfields, Dronedeploy etc..

Data Collection

CAD$ 299 per field
  • ONE FIXED PRICE - ANY CROP - ANY SIZE FIELD
  • No monthly subscriptions or extras
  • Immediately analyze the health of your crop
  • Quickly identify and act on issues not readily visible
  • Highly Accurate 'Red Edge' Data Collection
  • Optimum Vegetation Index chosen for your crop type and growth stage
  • Full RGB colour image of your field included
  • TIFF images emailed to you for instant review
  • Integrate data with existing field management systems

SKYGATE FieldAgent

From USD$12 per Month
  • OPTIONAL SERVICE
  • Get more from you data with in depth analysis
  • Cancel subscription anytime
  • Analyze, view and share your data anywhere
  • Generate prescription maps and detailed reports
  • Order stem counts and weed counts
  • Produce stitched orthomosaic images with up to 7 indexes
  • All your data remains secure with us
  • *Purchase additional features as you need

And if you choose to subscribe to our more detailed analytics service later (to access features like stem and weed counts, prescriptions, image annotations and reports etc.), we will register your field in our system free of charge, and any existing data will be made available for your further analysis and records.

Agriculture FAQ's

To legally fly a drone in Canada (that has a take off weight of 250g or more) ‘anywhere’ in the open air, the drone operator MUST have the following documentation in place (as an absolute minimum)…

  • A valid Pilot Certificate for RPAS operations (appropriate for the airspace and location)
  • A certificate of RPAS Registration (with the number clearly visible on the drone)
  • Established procedures for pre-flight, take-off, launch, approach, landing and recovery
  • Emergency procedures in place, with respect to…
    • (i) a control station failure
    • (ii) an equipment failure
    • (iii) a failure of the remotely piloted aircraft
    • (iv) a loss of the command and control (C2) link
    • (v) a fly-away
    • (vi) a flight termination
  • A detailed Site Survey
  • A copy of the RPAS Operation Manual
  • A maintenance record for the RPAS

If a drone operator does not have ALL of these documents/procedures in place, then they are NOT operating legally, or in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations for ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems’.

Additional rules for ALL drones (of any size and weight) can be found here…

A ‘Vegetation Index’ is a measurement of plant health that uses the ‘Near Infrared’ and the ‘Visible Light’ spectrums to detect a plants health and stresses, long before it can be seen by the naked eye (by which time irrecoverable damage to the plant may have occurred!). Ground moisture, field irrigation, weed counts, crop disease, Nitrogen levels and soil conditions can all be quickly analyzed with professionally collected vegetation indices data.

There are many indices that are used in plant analysis, NDVI, NDRE, GNDVI, OSAVI, GVI, PVI etc., and understanding what spectral measurements are required for a particular crop, at a specific time of the growth cycle (and in what light conditions and altitudes), is essential for the collection of accurate and reliable data for the farmer to make the right pro-active decisions for their crop management.

The data export is compatible with existing agriculture data analytic tools including the John Deere Operations Center, APEX, SST, SMS, FarmWorks, Encirca, FieldView + moren Export Map Projections – Web Mercator EPSG:3857 (WGS84); EPSG:4326 (WGS84); 2D Orthomosaic – RGB Image .tif (GeoTIFF); .kml (Web Mercator). Plant Health Mapping (NDVI) – RGB Image; .tif or .kml; Surface Modelling – .tif; .kml; .shp; .dxfn3D Point Cloud – .las; .obj surface (with .jpg); .xyzn. For a more detailed list of file types and data analysis services, please contact us.

How long a drone can fly for depends on the type of drone and its payload weight, but we can typically expect a flight time of 20 to 30 minutes. We carry sufficient spare batteries to conduct several flights in one day and always have mobile charging systems for each drone on location.

RGB/NIR aerial data should ideally be collected regularly throughout the growing season, in order to fully understand the growth cycle and stresses of your crops. However, if you feel your crops and field irrigation is generally good, then we recommend a minimum of six datasets over the course of the growth cycle. This will give you some overall data to reference in the future, and may highlight some areas of concern that you may wish to follow up with when ground truthing the field.

To collect NDVI data and multispectral data reliably, depends on environmental conditions such as sun angles etc.. Additionally, the wind speed, air temperature, field elevation and surrounding obstacles will determine the type of drone and gimbal payload we need to use at the location.

Note: The data collection requests are scheduled on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, and we endeavour to accommodate your request as close to the requested date as possible.

Yes you can. However, you will need to follow the same processes and procedures that we do (and use the same equipment), before you can expect the same quality and consistency with the results using an NDVI sensor. This is what we do best, leaving you to do what you do best.

Why Choose Us

Quality Assurance

Total commitment to quality excellence with a dedicated customer focus

20 Years Experience

Highly skilled RPAS Pilots & Crew and with a 100% Safety Record

World Class Service

$5Million Liability Insurance with cost effective and flexible solutions