Course overview

Given the projected increase in food demand, driven by both climatic factors, increased populations and land shortage, accurate information regarding crop production is becoming increasingly important. This information is needed for effective (localised) crop management decisions, increased crop production and improved (timely and on-demand) response. Traditional crop monitoring methods, using ground survey and aerial photography, have their limitations, in terms of cost, resolution as well as time to deployment for data capture. The use of low cost, lightweight (<7kg) and easily deployable drones can overcome this limitation.

This course covers the basic principles of drone based crop management and provides tools for the generation of geomatic products useful for management decisions.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the different types of data that can be acquired from drone platforms.
  • Generate a robust orthomosaic from high-resolution aerial imagery.
  • Estimate crop production from high-resolution aerial imagery.
  • Understand the UK drone regulatory framework within the context of crop management.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Introduction to drones
  • Operational considerations
  • Overview of data sets and their formats including NDVI, RGB, raster, shapefile-point/polygon, layer.
  • Principles of image processing
  • Interpretation of results

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    Online studied over 4 months Short course - 2 Days
    Entry Requirements
    This course is intended for people who have completed our “Drones for Crop Production” course, or for those with an understanding of all the “Drones for Crop Production” learning outcomes. People with experience of drone application in crop production (e.g. have hired consultants to provide remotely sensed surveys) would also be suitable candidates for this course.
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
    Course Provider
    Cranfield University
    Course Arrangements
    Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location
    Cranfield University, Online
    Mixed Cohort
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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