Drones in Agriculture

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Drones in Agriculture | VDI Workshop

The VDI Workshop "Drones in Agriculture" shows you which drones are available for use in agriculture and presents strategies for drone applications. You will learn about the potentials and limitations of this future technology in detail and get insight into the legal framework conditions. Numerous best practices ensure high practical relevance.

Aerial reconnaissance enables "smart" agriculture

Drones as well as "smart farming” concepts are an essential element of precision agriculture. Equipped with special sensors and cameras, they supply time and site-specific detailed information on the condition of the crops and soil. With this knowledge, farmers can utilise their resources much more efficiently.

The Workshop "Drones in Agriculture" gives you an overview of the drones available on the market and shows you what strategies and concepts have proven themselves when using the practical flying aids.

Learn more about the following topics during the Workshop:

  • Types of drones and sensors for use in agriculture
  • State of the art and future developments
  • Potentials and limitations in the different application fields such as the monitoring of plant health, yield prediction, pest damage, and much more.
  • Integration of the data collected in the agricultural operational management
  • Cost/benefit ration: Drones vs. standard techniques


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1. Day 09:00 - 17:00 | 2. Day 09:00 - 17:00


Why Drones in the Agriculture?

  • Growing population
  • Climate change
  • Increasing yield and efficiency
  • Reducing environmental impact

Field of Application of Drones in Agriculture

  • Assessing the damage (disease, pest, weed, climate wildlife)
  • Evaluating plant health
  • Detection of malnutrition
  • Observing/optimising of manure
  • Yield prediction
  • Steering irrigation


UAV Introduction

  • Different types and properties
  • Technical components 
  • Quality assessment
  • Costs

Legal Aspects

  • Different UAV classes
  • Qualification of pilots
  • Flight permits
  • Flights in/or beyond of line of visual sight
  • SORA (safe operation risk assessment)


  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Optical, multi-/hyperspectral, thermal, lidar
  • Potential and limits of various sensors

Plant Physiology 

  • What can be seen from the air? 
  • Spectral properties of vegetation 
  • Vitality/damages 
  • Plant Indices (NDVI, SAVI, etc.)
  • Transfer and storage of the images

Image Processing

  • Creating orthophotos
  • Creating digital surface models
  • Creating reflectance maps

Information Extraction

  • Computing vegetation indices
  • Detection of malnutrition
  • Assessing the height of vegetation
  • Object detection

Which Programs are available?

  • Commercial programs
  • Open source solutions
  • Standalone vs. web solutions

From information to action

Data Management

  • Agriculture information systems
  • Connection with other data sources (climate, soil, topography)
  • Integration of the information in workflows
  • Setting up models assessing the benefit of using UAV

Triggering Actions

  • Steering of agricultural machines
  • Steering irrigation
  • UAV for the different applications (spraying, cutting, laying traps)
  • Business models

Business models

Costs for:

  • UAV and conducting flights
  • Sensors
  • Data processing
  • Information extraction
  • Storing data

Who should deliver the Service?

  • Own UAV operation vs. subcontractors
  • Which web services are available?
  • Advantages and disadvantages

Who is the event aimed at?

The VDI Workshop "Drones in Agriculture" appeals to experts and executives who use, manufacture or distribute drones for agricultural applications. These include in particular:

  • Farmers and agricultural cooperatives
  • Development engineers, design engineers and purchasers of agricultural machinery manufacturers
  • Suppliers of components and units from the areas of automation, automatization, sensors, electronics
  • Robotics/robot manufacturers with a focus on agricultural technology
  • Agricultural consultants
  • Developers and manufacturers of software solutions and farm management systems

Take advantage of the 20 years of practical experience of your Workshop leader

Dr. Hans-Peter Thamm, Managing Director and founder of IGT Integrated Geo-Technologies, as well as CEO of Aerolution GmbH, will lead the "Drones in Agriculture” Workshop. He has more than 20 years of experience in remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and modelling. For over 10 years, he has been involved in the integration of UASs (unmanned aircraft system) in agriculture within the framework of projects all over the world.

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Do you want to acquire extensive knowledge on of the use of drones in agriculture? Would you like to find out about the potential of this technology? Then book "Drones in Agriculture” Workshop now.

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