Embark on an aquatic adventure as FMS employs innovative solutions, utilising advanced drone technology, to combat the invasive Pale Water Lily in the Goulburn River—promising effective control, reduced risk, and minimal chemical use.
Goulburn Murray Water
DJI Agras T10
Licences and approvals
Agricultural Aircraft Operator Licence (AAOL)
Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP)
Pale Water Lily is an invasive species that chokes waterways, reducing their water quality and outcompeting native aquatic plants. They have traditionally been controlled by a spray team operating from a boat. This method of control is risky to the operators. It’s also impossible to measure the application rate of the chemical mix when using a hand gun sprayer, resulting is possible black water events.
Using the T10 spray drone, FMS applied a precise dose of chemical mix to selected infested areas of the Goulburn River. This resulted in the effective control of the lily’s with minimal overspray, reduced risk to personnel and less chemical use.
"Goulburn Murray Water have really valued working with the guys at Field Master Systems. This has helped us look at ways we can utilise drones to improve our efficiencies in our everyday spray operations. Regardless of differing weed types in varying terrains/situations they have been able to adapt the drone spraying to work efficiently and effectively."