Macadamia consultant uses fieldmargin to make precision farming recommendations from drone imagery

Macadamia consultant uses fieldmargin to make precision farming recommendations from drone imagery

Liam Highcock advises and sets up precision agriculture techniques for macadamia plantations and vineyards in Durban, South Africa.
He consults on several large plantations including the one that supplies nuts for Magnum ice creams. He uses multiple precision agriculture approaches to design his layouts including drone mapping, soil probes and monitored irrigation. fieldmargin lets him easily see this information in one place to make recommendations and share them with his clients.

“Overall I think fieldmargin is a fantastic app. It has a very easy to use interface that brings together all aspects of my business. Most importantly my clients are enjoying using it as well!”

South Africa is the world’s leading producer of macadamia nuts. They are a high value crop and producers can save thousands of pounds by implementing precision management practices such as efficient layout, irrigation and disease control. Liam’s company uses drone mapping and land scouting to plan cultivation and monitor tree health throughout the growing season.

Liam uses fieldmargin’s integration with DroneDeploy to plan drone flights and view maps. Being able to view the maps from his drone flights on fieldmargin makes it easy for him to share them with his customers alongside his recommendations.

“The two systems work fantastically together. DroneDeploy makes it easy to plan drone flights and convert the images from them to maps. The maps are then automatically transferred to fieldmargin. The process is really quick and slick. It saves me so much time having to deal with drone image processing and file sharing.”

Before he found fieldmargin Liam regularly had issues sharing drone maps with his customers. The file size of drone images can be very large and when he sent them to customers with older computers they would have difficulties opening the file. Since using fieldmargin Liam has been able to invite customers to the farms he has set up so that they can view the drone maps anywhere they want.

“fieldmargin has totally solved the problem of storing and viewing drone maps. I can share maps with my customers instantly and they love to receive their maps alongside the fieldmargin maps and data.”


As well as the mapping features Liam is also using fieldmargin to store all farm information and data in one place. He stores his farms fertiliser details, disease, and pest management methods as tasks and notes. The app’s ability to accurately measure areas and record details is very useful for working out fertiliser and irrigation requirements. This will mean that Liam and his customers can save money by being more accurate when ordering supplies. This can really have a positive impact on the farms financial bottom line.


About DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy makes it easy to plan drone flights and convert the images from them to maps. Their subscriptions start at $83 per month and allow you to get more advanced agriculture-specific functionality such as:

  • Crop health measurement with RGB and vegetation indexes. 
  • Automated reports of fields of crops, including stand count and plant populations. 
  • NDVI analysis to identify areas of crop stress.

This imagery can then be imported to fieldmargin and used alongside your other farming data.Learn more

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