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Uses of UAV's in Agriculture

Posted 30-11-18

You will be surprised to find that on farms these days you are nearly as likely to find a drone, as you are to find a tractor and trailer. Like many industries, drones are transforming the agricultural industry and will bring exponential change in the years to come.

Drone technology has brought precision surveying techniques to farms in order to help them to increase yield and reduce disease and water irrigation issues. In this blog, we are going to look at specific cases for the uses of drones on farms.

It is common to find a range of UAVs on farms, including fixed wing and multirotor devices. The work they can do falls into four categories; crop management, agricultural surveying, crop dusting and livestock monitoring.

The crop management cycle is split into five phases, planning, preparation, planting, growing, and harvesting. Drones can provide support at every stage of the process. By using a drone equipped with a NDVI camera, large arable fields can be scanned in a few minutes. The results can then be analysed to help the farmer accurately predict plant yields for the season. Soil and crop health can also be monitored throughout the growing season, allowing the farmer to better plan irrigation and fertiliser use.

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