How Drones are Transforming Agriculture

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review

Agricultural drone technology can transform traditional farming methods in many ways by offering precise data to improve the quality of farming. 

FREMONT, CA:Drone technology has received the most attention in the industry due to its versatility and seen as the future agricultural community. The military first used them. When other sectors discovered the wide range of applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), they quickly embraced them.

Drones improve overall results and enable farmers to overcome various other obstacles, and reap numerous benefits from precision agriculture. The aim of implementing drone technology is to eliminate any uncertainty or guesswork and instead concentrate on accurate and reliable data.

Weather, soil conditions, and temperature are all critical factors in agriculture. Agriculture drones allow farmers to adapt to unique conditions and make informed decisions. Crop protection, crop treatment, crop scouting, irrigation, field soil analysis, and crop damage assessments can be controlled with the help of the information that has been gathered.

Only after a thorough understanding of drone characteristics can one obtain an in-depth knowledge of agriculture drones. Drones usually include a navigation system, GPS, multiple sensors, high-resolution cameras, programmable controllers, and autonomous drone tools.

BEST DRONE PRACTICES

Drone technology easily restores traditional agricultural activities, which are then carried out as follows:

Irrigation Monitoring:

Drones equipped with hyperspectral, thermal, or multispectral sensors detect too dry areas or require farmer's attention. Drone's survey helps to enhance water quality and expose possible pooling or leaks in irrigation by monitoring provides measurements of the vegetation index to help realize the health of crops and released heat or energy,

Crop Damage Assessment

Agricultural drones equipped with multispectral and RGB sensors can also track weeds, infections, and pests in field areas. The exact quantities of chemicals required to combat these infestations are known as a result of this data, which reduces the farmer's expenses.

Field Soil Analysis

Farmers may use the drone survey to learn more about the soil conditions on their land. Multispectral sensors capture data that can be used for seed planting patterns, field soil analysis, irrigation, and nitrogen level control. Farmers can thoroughly analyze their soil conditions using precise photogrammetry/ 3D mapping.

Livestock tracking

Farmers may use the drone survey to record not only their crops but also their cattle's movements. Thermal sensor technology aids in the recovery of missing animals and the identification of injury or illness. Drones can perform this function well, and this contributes significantly to the development of vegetation.

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