chapter  3
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Drones in Soil Fertility Management

ByK. R. Krishna

Drone technology is said to revolutionize the way information about soil fertility and its influence on crop growth is collected. Remedial measures to correct soil fertility deficiencies may become highly accurate and location specific even within a field. Drone images are used while marking 'management blocks' according to soil texture variation. The drone-aided soil mapping procedure has to be simple and easy to adopt. Drones may be of use prior to seeding, particularly, while forming 'management blocks' based on topography, soil type and its fertility and expected planting density. Soil maladies, if any, such as erosion, salinity affected area, soil moisture distribution and availability of drone imagery about the field in question also affect 'zone sampling'. Drones offer aerial imagery of both soil and crop characteristics. They transmit information packages from 'vigour sensors'. Drones surely have a role to play in the no-tillage systems that are adopted widely. No-tillage systems are popular among large farms of different agrarian regions.