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Advancement in farming with ‘Agriculture Drones’

    1. 5 Ways Agriculture Is More Efficient With Drones

  • There has never been a more sensational breakthrough in agriculture over the past few years like the use of drones for general tasks. Within a decade or two, it is expected that drones will become a basic tool for any agriculturist just like a tractor. And this primarily has to do with how efficient the entire process of agriculture turns out through the use of drones.
  • 2. Faster Seed Planting

  • Drones can be used to plant seeds faster. It is estimated that using a drone over regular planting techniques can help farmers cut down planting costs by more than 80%. All the necessary nutrients can also be directly administered to the plants using a drone.
  • 3. Irrigation

  • Drones can be equipped with multiple sensors that check the thermal and spectral image of a piece of land and identify sections that are dry. The results are then sent to a central irrigation management system that use this information to decide on the areas to water.
  • 4. Plant Health

  • The farmer can also monitor health of the plants in the field through employing drones. This is done using infrared sensors in the machine. These sensors allow drones to quantify the light spectrum absorbed by the plants during photosynthesis. The data can be used to create the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), which becomes handy when analyzing the health of crops.
  • 4. Crop Dusting

  • In order to ensure that the crops grow properly, the right amount of pesticides and fertilizers have to be administered at the appropriate time. Done in the traditional way where an airplane is used to administer pesticides, the entire process turns out to be very expensive. But with a drone, only the necessary amount needs to be administered to the crops. As such, agriculturists stand to save a ton of money by using drones for crop dusting.
  • 4. Analyzing Soil

  • For any agriculture venture to succeed, it is necessary that the soil analysis is done right. Drones allow for accurate 3D mapping of a specific land area, which can later on be used to decide ideal planting patterns. In addition, the soil analysis data generated by a drone can be used to decide on how to better manage nitrogen levels and irrigation facilities. The detailed GPS maps generated from drones enable the farmer to maximize seed plantation in areas where crops can make use of land, water, and fertilizers in the most optimal way.