Drones are becoming more prevalent in all areas of society, and now they are about to revolutionise the farming and agriculture industries. In this article, we will take a look at some of the benefits that drones can give to modern-day farming.
An agriculture drone fitted with distance measuring capabilities, lasers and light-detection and ranging (LiDAR) will enable the drone to adjust its flight pattern automatically to deal with changes in geography and topography whilst spraying.
This has the added advantage of avoiding collisions with other drones whilst at the same time helping it to correctly spray the right amount of liquid over the specified area for even coverage.
This will result in an increase in efficiency, with less chance of the harmful chemicals entering the groundwater. Plus, industry experts have stated that crop spraying by drones can be completed up to five times faster than with other equipment.
One of the biggest obstacles for any farmer is the efficient use of crop monitoring, especially for farms with vast fields of crops or ones that are situated in an area with unpredictable weather patterns. Previously, the only help was via satellite imagery, but the drawbacks were plenty.
Now, with agriculture drone technology, it is as simple as flying a drone over a field of crops, where the technology can provide a number of animations in real-time that can show the development of a crop and highlight inefficiencies in production.
Help with irrigation
Irrigation of a crop is a delicate balancing act, with some areas more likely to need irrigating than others.
Drones fitted with thermal or multispectral sensors can instantly locate those parts of a field that are dry and need irrigating. Plus, when a crop is growing, drone technology can determine the density and health of a crop, as well as showing its heat signature, or indeed the amount of heat the crop is emitting.
These are just three ways in which agriculture drones can help with modern-day farming, and as the technology improves, so will the amount and quality of the crops a farm produces, which will mean more profit for the farmers and lower prices for the consumer.