The practical applications for drones are expanding faster than ever in a variety of industries nowadays, thanks to robust investments and the relaxing of some regulations governing their use.
The continuous evolution of technology is creating new business and operating models for UAVs. With the world’s population projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, experts expect agricultural consumption to increase by nearly 70 percent over the same time period.
Uses of Drones in agriculture
According to MIT Technology Review, Drone technology will give the agriculture industry a high-technology makeover, with planning and strategy based on real-time data gathering and processing. Following are the different uses of Drones in agriculture,
Soil and field analysis
Drones produce precise 3-D maps for early soil analysis, and useful in planning seed planting patterns. After planting, drone-driven soil analysis provides data for irrigation and nitrogen-level management.
Drone-planting systems achieve an uptake rate of 75 percent and decrease planting costs by 85 percent. These systems shoot pods with seeds and plant nutrients into the soil, providing the plant all the nutrients necessary to sustain life.
Drones can scan the ground and spray the correct amount of liquid, modulating distance from the ground and spraying in real time for even coverage. It increases efficiency with a reduction of in the number of chemicals penetrating into groundwater.
Drones are also helpful in crop monitoring. Time-series animations can show the precise development of a crop and reveal production inefficiencies, enabling better crop management.