Drones in action
Considered to be one of the most resourceful and multipurpose innovations of the century, drones have managed to perforate numerous segments of the global economic sphere.
Having uses in fields ranging from filmmaking to farming, drones have managed to capture a major share of the commercial, personal goods, and military service market.
From quick deliveries at rush hour to scanning an unreachable military base, drones are proving to be extremely beneficial in places where man cannot reach or is unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner.
Increasing work efficiency and productivity, decreasing workload and production costs, improving accuracy, refining service and customer relations, and resolving security issues on a vast scale are a few of the top uses drones offer industries around the world.
Drones have proven to be beneficial in a wide range of industries and businesses. Adoption of drone technology across industries leapt from the fad stage to the mega-trend stage fairly quickly as more and more businesses started to realize its potential, scope, and scale of global reach.
Precision agriculture is a farming management concept that uses drones for agriculture to measure, observe, and respond to variability found in crops.
Drones for spraying
From automated planting to crop management with real-time monitoring, drones have a vital role to play in the future of farming.
Although unmanned aerial drones for agriculture are in their infancy in the United States, Japan has been using them for years to help rice growers.
Some of the top rated drones in 2017 for agricultural/farming use are:
Honeycorp AgDrone: The drone has a wing that is composed of Kevlar fiber composite, a material that cannot be cracked like carbon fiber, or which quickly fall to pieces like foam can. It therefore makes for a very durable, versatile, and powerful selection for drones in agriculture.
DJI Matrice 100: It has dual battery components that allow for extended flight time of up to 40 minutes, making it a good choice for farmers and agriculturists.
DJI T600 Inspire 1: This drone is suitable for agricultural use and has a 4K video recording capability, separate flight and camera control, with a carbon fiber frame.
Agras MG-1 – DJI: This is an octocopter designed to spray large areas of farmland with pesticides or fertilizers. As it can cover an extraordinary amount of distance quickly – 4,000-6,000 m² in just 10 minutes – DJI, the Chinese drone manufacturer claims that it is 40-60 times more efficient than manual spraying.
Ebee SQ – SenseFly: This is a precision agricultural drone designed to monitor crops from planting to harvest.
Lancaster – Precision Hawk: This drone has many possible uses within the agricultural industry- It’s proprietary AI reacts to changing weather conditions and real-time diagnostics, while it can also be fitted with a range of imaging functions depending on what is required. Offering topography mapping, weather and temperature profiles, fast disease detection and drainage estimations, the Lancaster is an adaptable, precision solution drone.
Drones in agriculture are a big boon to farmers. They carry the potential of completely transforming and revolutionizing the farming and agriculture industry.
Agricultural drones are high-tech systems that can do things a farmer can’t: soil health scans, monitoring crop health, applying fertilizers and watering the fields, even tracking weather and estimating yields, and then collecting the data and analyzing it for prompt action.
In short, drones can mechanize every step of farming, eliminating the costs of human errors and enabling farmers to react quickly to threats (such as drought conditions and pests), helping them maximize income and returns on investment in the end.
A Price water house Coopers (PwC) report pegs the agriculture drone market to be worth $42.4 billion.