According to a report in the Cape Cod Times, officials in Dennis used drone technology to study the health of the turf at the Dennis Highlands Golf Course.
Drones powered with multispectral sensors and cameras can identify pests, disease and invasive weeds.
- Provides essential data on soil fertility, allowing for the best use of fertilization by detecting nutrient deficiencies.
- Ability to count plants and spacing.
- Determine if a plant species are starting to over populate the golf course.
- Measure the plant height and biomass measurements.
- Measure irrigation to properly identify areas of the golf course where water stress or drainage is not working correctly.
- Allows for improvements to the irrigation, drainage systems and waterways.
- View damage by machinery not working correctly in the cutting of fairways.
- Survey the golf course after storms to quickly view whether the course is playable.
- Survey fencing and buildings.
The study was provided at no cost to the town of Dennis as it was part of a proof of concept project being run by AirShark of New Hampshire.