This calculator will show that drone service from can more than pay for itself.

This form is pre-populated with sample values for a 160 acre canola field in central Alberta. You can enter your own numbers to match your situation and see for yourself how much more you can save.

The totals are automatically recalculated when you change fields. None of the data entered here is saved in any way.

Crop Information
Crop type
Size of field (acres) acres
Average yield (bu/ac) bushels per acre
Crop sell price ($/bu) dollars per bushel

This is how much the field is worth at the expected sell price and yield.

Alberta average Canola bushels per acre: 38.0 (2014), 39.7 (2015) - Stats Canada
In the past five years, Canola has sold for $8.50 per bushel or more 96% of the time (and $11.50 or more 50% of the time) - Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Input Costs
If you would like to calculate for other inputs (like irrigation) you can use that here instead.
Input Costs per acre dollars per acre (average)

This is the expected cost of inputs for the field.

Average total cost per acre for fertilizer and chemicals: $93.40 - $137.80
Fertilizer costs per acre: $68.40 (Polish Canola) to $112.80 (Argentinian Canola); chemicals costs per acre $25 average.
Source: Alberta Agricultre & Forestry CropChoice$ for central Alberta; black soil, stubble crop.

Increases from More Accurate In-Season Information
What better practice would become possible with drone data?
Our color-coded growth map lets you make better decisions about where to put how much fertilizer. You can do this "manually" without special equipment, or if you have Precision Farming equipment we provide the Variable Rate Application data.
How much would the above practice increase your average yield? bushels per acre (average)
By applying fertilizer better where it is needed, crop yields can be increased over conventional rates. Studies show that increases from targeting high-yield zones can be as high as 10 or more bu/ac.
What percent of your input costs could be saved if you implemented this practice? %
By applying less fertilizer in areas where it is not needed, inputs costs are reduced without affecting yields.
Field Revenue Boost
from yield increase

Money Saved
by reduced input costs from more efficient practices


This is the expected increase in revenue from better yields, plus the savings from more efficient use of inputs.

The equipment to perform Variable Rate is one thing, but the important part is getting field data in the first place, and that's something drones can do. "Like in so many areas of farming today, one of the most critical things is to have good records. The more years and more detail they cover, the better." Source: Harnessing the Power of VRT, Government of Alberta

Crop Loss Avoided
Some losses can be avoided or mitigated with early warning. Poor growth, skips, flooding, pest damage... they are all more easily spotted from the air by a drone scanning the field.
What % of your crops do you lose because of avoidable problems? %
What % of that loss could be avoided by knowing about it earlier? %

Money saved by detecting problems from the air and knowing about them earlier.

Increased Profits
This is how much more your field can be expected to make with the better information our drone service provides.


Cost of Drone Service
This is the cost of drone sevice from AE Innovations ( per season in central Alberta.
Cost per flight (field up to 160 acres in size) $ per flight
Flights per year over each field
We recommend 4 flights per season, per field.
Total Drone Costs per Year

The Bottom Line
After paying for our service, this is the net annual benefit
Savings per Acre

Savings per Year

If the numbers in the bottom line are positive, you can see exactly how our service more than pays for itself.