SAS Land Services Ltd

Agricultural Contractor & Drone Service Provider.

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Spot Spraying Map

We were asked by a local farmer who farms land within a SSSI area if we could use our drone to find and mark weeds for spot spraying using the farms own equipment, the answer was yes, of course we can!

Our drone imagery is of such a high quality that we can use our software and AI intelligence to locate, mark and then create a spot spraying map for all the areas where weed is located. This is then exported and sent to the tractor and sprayer and controls the sprayer nozzles through the existing ISOBUS terminal.

By utilising spot spraying and variable rate applications means only the areas needing treatment are sprayed, this results in large savings of chemical which in turn saves money. It also means that areas not requiring treatment are not sprayed and any wildlife or habitats are not harmed, it also means the run off risk is reduced or eliminated benefitting watercourses and fish.

The flights are easy to complete subject to weather and doesn’t require us to walk across the fields (unless we need to, to stay within VLOS range of the drone!)

Spot spraying maps will be an everyday part of farming in the future with more targeted applications, we are here to assist you in getting these maps produced and into your equipment.

The costs of the flights are usually more than covered through the cost savings generated through reduced chemical usage.

Contact us to find out more or book a survey for your own farm.

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Agricultural Drone Crop Services and Drone Fertiliser Spreading

We have been busy working away over the last few months to get our CAA approval to provide agricultural drone services.

Multispectral image of field

We now offer crop mapping and analysis services using both a multispectral drone or a crop scouting service by drone, using drones for agricultural crop mapping, scouting and analysis saves time and man hours as well as provides multiple insights into how the crop is doing, any pests, diseases or water problems as well as variable rate prescription maps for tractors, sprayers and fertiliser spreaders.

We will also be offering a variable rate fertiliser or seeding service using modern agricultural spray drones across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire.

Spray Drone

All of our agricultural drone services are offered across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire.

Using drones can achieve savings across crop inputs as well as spot early signs of disease or pests, and in much less time than doing a similar job manually.

This means crops can be analysed more often and the inputs adjusted accordingly.

Contact us for more information or to see how we can help you save money on inputs and make better use of your crops.

Aerial Mapping and Inspection by Drone

SAS Land Services offer aerial land mapping and inspection by drone for agricultural and environmental management purposes. We can survey 200 acres in under an hour and will provide plant health reports, digital surface models showing object heights and digital terrain models showing land heights without objects. An orthomosaic map is also created allowing accurate measurements to be made of distances or volumes.

We have the option to create 3D models or cut and fill reports enabling accurate calculations to be made for material movements.

We are fully insured for drone operations and cover Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and parts of Wales for drone operations. Please do contact us for advice or a free quote.

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Overgrown hedgerow reduction in Oxfordshire

Back in July we were contacted by Nigel Adams, a renowned hedgerow specialist who lives in Oxfordshire to talk about how we could help him to cut back and coppice some heavily overgrown hedgerows as part of the Watlington hedgerow project. The hedgerows in question had a number of hawthorn trees, many of which had grown beyond their healthy life stage and fallen over, some were covered in ivy and others had died completely.

We suggested the use of our mini excavator with tree shear to enable a fast, easier and safer dismantle of the trees as well as utilising the low ground pressure of the smaller machine. With a 200mm cutting capacity, the little machine and shear was more than capable of the task.

So, along came October and work commenced, we moved the machine to Oxfordshire for the duration and made the area safe. Nigel and another neighbouring landowner Paul were on hand with chainsaws to deal with any fallen or snapped trunks and to cut any remaining ivy from any of the trees that remained. We chose a few of the stable mature trees to remain within the hedge and trimmed these to make them safe and healthy again. Within just a few hours we had reduced a good 80-100m of hedge, something that would’ve taken a good couple of days had it been completed manually.

Another couple of days saw the rest of the overgrown hedgerows reduced using the excavator and tree shear and the project completed. The hedge can now regrow naturally from the coppiced stumps to create a healthy solid hedge, any gaps from the dead trees will be replanted with new native species.

Many thanks to Nigel, Paul and The Watlington Environmental Group for the work and the chance to be part of this exciting project.

Riding Arena Repair

We are often asked “ What can we do to fix our arena surface” and the answer is generally “Plenty!)

Riding arenas are generally used heavily and maintained to the minimum from our own experience which means that over time they require repairs and more involved maintenance. This can be from simple surface remixing to drainage repairs or even full surface replacement.

arena surface mixing

Luckily we have many many years experience in constructing and repairing riding arenas so are more than capable to tackle any project type.

What is your arena looking like? Does it need any repairs or maintenance?

Why not give contact us and let us take a look at it for you