The Future of Agricultural Drones

Why the future of Agriculture May Be in the Air instead of on the Ground

Research predicts a population boom of nearly 2 billion in the next 25 years. In order to continue to feed and meet the needs of our rapidly growing population, farmers and agriculture in general
will need to adapt and change, modifying and evolving techniques to accommodate climate change and other unexpected weather events worldwide. While efficient production is certainly a goal, today’s producers are also striving to use sustainable resources and protect the environment.

One direction today’s and future agricultural industry professionals are turning is toward drones. Yes, agricultural drones. Those little flying machines that were the hot Christmas gift for tween boys a few years ago are now a new solution for many industries, including agriculture. We are seeing these little geniuses transforming the way we do so many things. While some are being manufactured specifically for these end users, overall, agricultural drones are no different than any other drones; the application is simply tailored to meet the need of the farmer and agricultural industry.

Drones for Agriculture

Here are a few ways agriculture or farming drones are helping farmers optimize productivity:

Planning
Drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) can help farmers every step of the way from soil analysis and seed planting, surveying crops, and deciding the right time for harvesting. Many even come equipped with software that allows users to program automated flight paths and manage 3D maps. As it follows the prescribed path, the drone takes pictures at predetermined spots using onboard sensors and GPS.

Supervison
Farmers must take the utmost care of crops to ensure efficiency and bountiful harvests. This includes monitoring water and fertilizer and minimizing pests and disease. Drones give the agricultural industry the ability to use tools such as time-lapse photography to rapidly locate problems such as improper irrigation that would be much more difficult to assess from ground level.

Spraying/Cropdusting
The FAA recently approved use of drones in the spraying of crops. Since UAVs can spray with greater precision and accuracy than a traditional tractor, farmers can increase efficiency while reducing costs and the amount of chemical products used as well as exposure to pesticide by farm workers.

Business Insider predicts that the overall drone market to surpass $12 billion by 2021, with more than $1 billion of that centered on the agricultural industry alone. Don’t get left behind when farming transforms into a high-the industry; take the lead today by customizing your own drone with Verydrone. Call us today at 954-580-9551 if you would like to learn more about using drones for your agricultural business.