3 Reasons Drones are the Future of Farming
This is part of the series “Drones are the Future” – a collection of posts outlining the positive impact drones will have on our world in the not-so-distant future.
When you think of how non-military drones might be used in the future, you might conjure up visions of Hollywood blockbuster movies or envision Amazon Prime Air zipping packages back and forth via drone delivery.
While film-making and package delivery could certainly benefit from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the commercial industry that will likely grow the fastest and have the farthest reaching impact on our daily life is agriculture.
It’s been predicted that in the near future, up to 80% of all drones will be used on farms. One of the reasons farming is predicted to be a healthy growth market is drone operations can take place over private property, where safety concerns are reduced due to limited population.
Let’s take a look at 3 big ways that drones will change the future of farming.
1) Monitor Health of Crops
The affordability of a small agriculture UAV armed with a high-tech camera could drastically change how crop monitoring is done in the future. Determining the growth rate and progress of crops would be faster and easier than ever. Infrared sensors could located damaged or diseased crops in a field.
2) Crop Dusting
Japan has been spraying their crops with unmanned vehicles for over a decade. Farmers can eliminate the costs of fuel, aircraft, and human pilots by investing in drones ready to dispense pesticides or fertilizer.
3) Precision Farming
Using data from UAV imagery, farmers can identify spots that are getting too little or too much water. Seeing each full field in its entirety can be tedious, time consuming and unrealistic for farmers to do on foot. With drones surveying a field in detail, sections of crops can be found easier and then treated to prevent the spread of disease that could affect an entire field.
Agribusiness means big dollars. Small changes to a farmers yield, output, and quality can mean millions of dollars of additional profit. With a simple birds-eye view of their fields, farmers can increase their efficiency. And when UAV technology and farming research converge, agriculture drones could bring delicious advances to those that supply the world’s smorgasbord.