Grass Measuring

Want to know your pasture cover without those weekly farm walks?
There are many pasture measuring devices on the market today. We've put together some information and a summary to help you navigate which device is best for your use.
Grass Measuring Devices  
No actionEyeball techniqueQuadrant cutProbeGrassometerRising plate meterRapid plate meterPasture ReaderC-Dax pasture meterDrone imagerySatellite imagery
Description
Do nothing at all, are you profitable?A visual assessment by driving or walking the farmTake multiple quadrant cuts with pasture shears & measure dry matterWalk transects across paddocks taking pasture measurementsWalk transects across paddocks taking multiple measurementsMeasure grass, as you walk across paddocksTowed plate that that rapidly measures grass heightVehicle mounted sensor for determining pasture height4wheeler towed sensor for determining pasture heightFlying drone that captures imagery for calculating grass growthSatellite imagery that captures grass measurements without the need of a person
Benefits
NoneQuick, better than nothingCan be very precise, mainly used for researchHmmm not so sure on this grass measuring device, share your thoughts?Potentially better than a rising plate meter, yet to be proven Close and thorough inspection of farm while walking, fairly consistentNew measuring device that looks promising, but needs further market testingVery quick and consistent on flat farmsVery quick and consistent in dry conditionsDaily pasture readings, other on-farm uses.Zero labour and other monitoring uses such as plant health
Disadvantages
A huge amount of lost opportunityA great amount of lost opportunityVery slow and not suitable for commercial farmsProblematic on wet days, slow, low amount of consistencySlow, operator fatigue, works on optical sensorsSlow, operator fatigue and variability between operatorsNew measuring device that looks promising, but needs further market testingCan be problematic on undulating farmsCan be problematic in the wet, wear & tearFlight regulations, adverse weather, batteriesCloud cover and large pixel resolution
Score
0/10 Are you growing pasture? 1/10 Let's start measuring grass! 3/10 Reserved for the scientists 4/10 Not a common tool for measuring grass 5/10 Not a common grass measuring tool 6/10 Trusty grass measuring device 7/10 New and promising device for meausring pasture 8/10 Aussie developed pasture measuring device 8/10 Tried and tested pasture measuring tool 9/10 This technology is currently being researched 10/10 Pasture.io is currently developing this technology

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