How Drones Fly High in the Farming Industry
By Aubrey Chalene
It’s no secret that the drone industry is taking off (no pun intended). The U.N. estimated that there will be over 9 billion people living on Earth by 2050. This growth has caused a loss of land capable of sustaining agricultural production. Therefore, the farming industry has turned to drone technology to solve problems associated with feeding the population.
While traditional cameras do provide valuable data, drones can provide data through imagery AND sensors and can impact how a producer manages operations. A producer can use spectral (birds-eye) imaging to determine the health of crops and with advanced integration of data can use the imagery to analyze and the proportions and application of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to a field. Additionally, livestock can be inventoried.
“Walking the field” is how farmers, agronomists, crop insurers, and researchers have scouted crops. However, this traditional process is time and labor-intensive. Not to mention, it’s a miserable endeavor in the summer months. How is one person supposed to effectively analyze hundreds of acres of crops on foot? The room for error, in this case, is vast. Using drones, farmers can capture data over their entire farm all from their take-off zone.
Aerial crop spraying through an airplane can be costly, especially if a piece of land is not super large. Drones are a solution in which it is capable of completely covering a piece of land in fertilizer or pesticide, as well as being limited to the size of the land.
There’s a reason drones are called, “machines built for any environment” and farmlands don’t phase drones whatsoever. They can handle any weather, any distance, any task. This is how drones fly high in the farming industry.
To learn more on where we can expect drone involvement be sure to check out our post on “What We Could See from Drones in 2020”