What is Precision Grazing? Historically, animals have been enclosed with defined boundaries and left to forage; and when natural food sources are depleted, the animals diets are augmented with purchased feed. Research has shown that this approach creates an environment where grazing lands are overgrazed and understocked. Better managing the precise movement of animals duplicates the observed rotational grazing of large plains animals. Two main goals of Precision Grazing involve minimizing overgrazing and increasing the overall health and biomass of natural grasses, as well as increasing the growth rate and size of the animal. As the chart below demonstrates, the overall pasture intake does not affect the growth rate of cattle. However, it clearly demonstrates that the higher total digestive nutrients impacts the weight cattle will gain.
FotoCure provides a critical component of your Precision Grazing strategy by providing aerial analysis of the grazing lands, measuring Biomass of plants, assessing plant health and density over time as well as providing Terrain Modeling for Water Management. We partner with a local organization, GreenEdges who bring deep expertise and experience to this innovative approach to Precision Grazing.
FotoCure provides Aerial Crop Analysis Services. These services provide crop analysis by utilizing multispectral imaging in combination with advanced image processing software to evaluate and monitor plant health. This technology uses visible and NIR light reflected by plants as an early indicator to crop health. Our Aerial systems capture detailed multispectral, 3 dimensional views of crops which are then processed into a Normalized Differential Vegetative Index (NDVI) map. These maps are provided as a product of our service, allowing year over year comparisons of crop early stage health with actual yield. NDVI Imaging also provides indication of bio-stress caused through:
Although this is an emerging technology, early indications demonstrate that Aerial Crop Analysis accurately detects stressed crops.
FotoCure is providing leading edge agricultural services to Southern Alberta today, and enlisting the support of farmers who want to partner with us as we continue researching and developing advanced solutions for the future.