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Plant Health

A description on how to get started with the Plant Health layers on DroneDeploy.

Plant Health is a tool specifically targeted towards agriculture. The main purpose of the Plant Health layer is to allow you to explore your agricultural data even more deeply. You can adjust the contrast to highlight variability within a field. Once you have identified the relevant plant health ranges, the thresholding tool lets you quantify damage and predict yields by showing the area ​within a specific range.

For an explanation of the different algorithms and filter types, please visit our Understanding NDVI Data and Camera Filters for NDVI mapping support documentation.

We also have a Part 1 and Part 2 blog post which discusses the value of NDVI data in agriculture.

How can I access it?

The Plant Health Toolbox is available to all paid customers in our Pro, Business, and Enterprise plans. However, the standard plant health layer for all customers only reflects the VARI algorithm, which is designed for data captured with standard Red, Green, Blue cameras.

With the Precision Ag Package, customers will have access to our advanced Plant Health tools designed specifically for cameras containing the Near Infrared band, or Slantrange's multi-spectral camera.

Plant Health

To get started, select Plant Health from the side panel on the map page.

Please note that the following information is catered for customers on the Precision Agriculture Package, which includes advanced plant health features.

Plant Health highlighted in red.

Plant Health highlighted in red.

This will update the panel on the left to show a histogram of the data and the data itself.

Click on the histogram to explore the plant health toolbox.

Click on the histogram to explore the plant health toolbox.

To adjust this, move the sliding scale bar below the histogram. Here we have updated this to accentuate the differences in the northern section of the field (a different variety of crop).

Adjust settings using the sliding bar.

Adjust settings using the sliding bar.

Choose the appropriate color band order that is specific to your camera filter. For more information, see our article on Filter Type.

Choose the filter type for your camera.

Choose the filter type for your camera.

We can also select a different algorithm (better suited to different crop varietals) by clicking the dropdown in the top left:

Select an algorithm to process your data.

Select an algorithm to process your data.

If you are interested in learning what these different maps mean, check out our help page on Understanding NDVI Data and our Identifying Crop Variability with Drones blog post.

View of the OSAVI algorithm.

View of the OSAVI algorithm.

Here we have selected the OSAVI view - Notice how it shows a different view of the same data (although strongly correlated to NDVI), as well as a different histogram.

Zone Management

Grid and Zone tool under Plant Health provides the ability to create higher level management zones from NDVI maps. NDVI management zones in agriculture help make the highly detailed and large NDVI map into a more manageable dataset by grouping similar regions (either geographically or visually) within a field.

For more information, see our article on Zone Management.

Plant health map with the Zones option enabled.

Plant health map with the Zones option enabled.

What next?

Check out the Ag-specific apps we offer on our App Market!

Popular Apps:

  • Agremo Plant Count & Health - count plants, detect diseases, weed, pest problems, and water stress.
  • Climate FieldView - manage your field variability by building customized fertility and seeding plans for your fields
  • Import / Export to MyJohnDeere - easily import existing field boundaries from your MyJohnDeere account for planning missions in DroneDeploy, or export your orthomosaic for analysis in your My John Deere account.

...and more!