Take Farming up a Notch
Large scale agriculture is a lot harder than the average joe might think. It’s not just pouring water on seeds and leaving the rest up to mother nature. Sometimes, it’s just hard to keep up with it all. Watering schedules, damage from severe weather, detecting weeds among crops, and so much more. But, agricultural drones are making it much easier to tackle these tasks. People may think you’re simply having fun with the latest toy, when really you’ll be increasing productivity. Alright, you may have a little fun while using drones, too.
Interestingly, drones have been around since the 1980’s and they are also called unmanned aerial vehicles. More and more industries are starting to use drones in a more practical way. Possibly the most helpful application for an industrial drone is in agriculture. It’s estimated that the world’s population will reach a staggering 9 billion by 2050. With that in mind, it’s also projected that consumption will increase almost 70 percent. It’s more important than ever to increase the amount produced, and decrease waste. The use of industrial drones in agriculture can help solve these problems. Farmers that use them take aerial footage of their crops, obtaining hard to get information in a cost effective way.
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Agricultural drones have many uses in the field. First, they can help with analyzing your soil and the field itself. Agricultural drones can make 3D maps, and with those farmers can accurately conduct soil analysis. Plus, they can be used to analyze moisture levels and check for soil erosion. Information like this comes in handy when planning for planting.
This next benefit of agricultural drones hasn’t been fully utilized, because many manufacturers are still perfecting it. But, in the future some drones will have the ability to shoot seed containing pods and even nutrients into soil that has been prepared. This could actually reduce planting costs exponentially.
In addition, it’s very hard to monitor large fields. It can be a lot harder when you take unpredictable weather into account. However, agricultural drones can be used to create time lapse animations. These help show the development of crops, and can reveal any inefficiencies.
Interestingly, some drones are equipped with thermal sensors, making it easy to see which parts of the field are dry. Cut back on waste by only watering the crops that really need it. Similarly, there are agricultural drones with the ability to scan crops using near infrared light. These images can actually show if there is any damage or sickness and track the health of crops.