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Drones in Agriculture - Overview

industries Jan 05, 2019

 

The agriculture industry is growing exponentially each year, cementing itself as one of the fastest growing markets in the commercial drone industry to date. In the past, farmers have utilized workflows that were passed down by generations without realizing that an ecosystem of aerial imagery workflows has emerged. Agricultural surveying drones are now flying more efficiently, with the ability to capture large amounts across hundreds of acres. However, with all of the advances in technology, there is still a learning curve associated with adopting new workflows.

 

The key to precision agriculture is knowing how to utilize the data being collected in the field, ranging from detecting crop damage to predicting the yield months before harvesting.



Agricultural Surveying with Drones

 

Agricultural Surveying allows growers to identify areas of plant stress, detect symptoms of pest infestations and identify nutrient application issues, transforming aerial imagery into actionable data.

 

Both aerial service providers, and agricultural corporations are using drone technology to isolate areas where vegetation is lacking, or experiencing some form of stress. Using this data, they can determine the areas requiring immediate actions and begin to create treatment plans, resulting in reduced input costs and increased yields. Think about it: you are a farmer who is manually inspecting hundreds of acres of your crop to ensure everything is going well. This tool allows them to remotely manage their plant health and learn from accurate data to continue to improve their crop yields year over year.



The Advantages of Surveying With Drones

 

As agronomists become more familiar with the process of incorporating aerial imagery into their workflow, you will start to see tasks being assigned to team members with the goal of taking action immediately in the field. Using mobile tools, the staff can now navigate to identified areas more precisely by utilizing the coordinate based data the drone provides collaborative teams.

 

Viticulturists worry about two things: the quality of their grapes and how many they can produce. Drone technology allows them to stay under budget and increase crop yields with very little upfront cost compared to the ROI many agronomists are seeing.

 

Here are some use cases we have used in the past to help improve plant growth:

 

 

 

If you are already familiar with how drones are being used in agriculture and enjoyed seeing some use cases, stay tuned the next few weeks to learn how we have expanded our Precision Agriculture business and grown it to offer services to some of the largest agricultural firms across the United States. We would love to help you do the same.


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