Stand counts

What is required and how to do stand counts


PIX4D software does currently not offer automatic standcounts. But you can use the map outputs like the high-resolution orthomosaic as an input for 3rd party counting solutions.

For fast orthomosaic processing you can look at PIX4Dfields. In its upcomming 2.7 we will introduce a manual counting feature, which you could use to assess the stand of your crops by sampling a few regions of your field.

Stand counts are a way to measure how many plants are growing in a certain area. Here’s what you need and how to do it:

What You Need:

  1. Measuring Tape: To measure the length of rows or areas.
  2. Markers: To mark the start and end of the measurement area.
  3. Notebook or Phone: To write down the counts.
  4. Calculator: To figure out the plant density if needed.
  5. Optional: A GPS device for precise locations.

How to Do It:

  1. Pick Random Spots: Choose several random areas in the field to get a good average count.

  2. Measure the Area: For row crops, measure a set length (like 10 feet). For broadcast crops, measure a square meter or other fixed area.

  3. Count the Plants: Count the number of plants in the measured area. Note any gaps where plants are missing.

  4. Record Your Counts: Write down your counts or enter them into a mobile app.

  5. Calculate Plant Density: If needed, calculate the average number of plants per area. For rows, use:

    \text{Plant Density} = \frac{\text{Total Number of Plants}}{\text{Total Length of Rows Sampled}}

    For broadcast crops, it’s usually per square meter or acre.

  6. Analyze the Results: Compare your counts to the expected numbers to see how well your crops are growing.