Grasslands cover approximately 40% of the Earth’s landmass, serving as vital ecosystems that support the livelihoods of around 2 billion people worldwide. From providing pasture for livestock to storing carbon and ensuring food security, the importance of grasslands cannot be overstated.

However, managing these vast expanses efficiently has long been a challenge. Traditional methods often fall short in accurately assessing plant species composition and biomass growth, hampering effective management and funding allocation for ecological measures.

Enter UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) technology, also known as drones, which holds immense promise in revolutionizing grassland management. Equipped with advanced camera and sensor technologies, drones capture high-resolution spatial and temporal data across the visible and infrared spectrum. By harnessing the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, this data can be analyzed to derive crucial insights into species composition and growth dynamics within grasslands.

The implications of this technology are profound. With precise information at their fingertips, farmers and land managers can optimize pasture management practices, reduce reliance on fertilizers and pesticides, and ultimately enhance the sustainability and productivity of grassland ecosystems.

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You will find additional 45 good practices, initiatives and use cases in the AgriSkills Reference Catalogue titled “AgriSkills Guidebook on Digitalization in Agriculture”.

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