Farming is one of the oldest professions in the world, and farming is the reason that humans can live off the land, eat and survive. As the centuries have turned over, the farming industry has moved from a necessary existence to a profitable and lucrative profession. Farming is perhaps one of the most tech-savvy industries in existence and as AI takes the world by storm, farming and the agriculture industry is reaping the benefits.

Smart farming and the use of agriculture drones are streamlining farming operations, and the ability to track, record and measure growth cycles and threats. The use of AI technologies (such as agriculture drones) has seen farms produce stronger crops than ever before.

Here are three key reasons why the agriculture industry should invest in the use of an agriculture drone:

1. Increase in productivity

Gone are the days of crop inspection data being inaccurate due to human error and miscalculations. The use of an agriculture drone means that outdated methods such as human resources inspecting crops are now redundant.

Farmers now have the capability to keep their production costs low and also decrease the need for human resources and man-hours required when inspecting crops. An agriculture drone uses high tech infrared technology to scout vast spaces for up to 11 hours. The data collected can determine crop health and areas of focus, so farmers are no longer using their time inefficiently.

2. Crop management capabilities

An agriculture drone uses GPS and advanced satellite positioning, mapping, remote sensing and variable technology to measure data. All these inclusions work together to ensure the real-time information received provides guidance on making smarter decisions.

3. Accuracy

The information and data that agriculture drones provide is so accurate that it is now used to create topographic surveys. Before drones became common farming equipment, the only form of surveys that were able to be produced were high-cost LiDAR variations or terrestrial surveys, which are extremely time-consuming.

The agriculture sector is anticipated to grow from strength to strength over the coming years by harnessing the digital revolution. Implementing new AI technology will continue to streamline processes, lower costs and increase productivity.