In a late 2016 article ‘successful farming’, drones in the agricultural sector were received with a lot of hesitation. With the growing population, the world needs to grow at least 70% more food by 2050. For this to happen, people need to adopt smart farming also known as precision agriculture. The agricultural industry, is gradually realizing how much drones can do to help them in their mission of producing more food.
Drones have become ‘an eye in the sky’ for the agricultural industry since they can help the farmers to monitor and assess the health of the crops that they are growing. The farmers are able to predict the yield they expect from the land. For the animals, the drones can help the farmers to count the herds, know the number of sick animals, and react accordingly.
Image1: Drone taking an aerial view of crops in a piece of land
When it comes to spraying and irrigating the crops, this has become a task for the agricultural industry. But with the new and improved spraying drones, farmers can now spray their animals with much ease and at the same time irrigate their crops using the overhead type of irrigation using the same drones.
In addition to this, drones can help the farmers to collect and compare the data from their current and previous crop productions. This will help the agricultural industry incoming up with more improved techniques to cope with the challenges that they will come across. With these data experts will give better advice to the farmers which will help them not to repeat the previous mistakes.
These benefits show the need for farmers to adopt the use of drones in farming. Adoption of the drone technology in the agricultural industry will help produce more food and at the same time save resources.
Sky Drone technology allows farming drones to remain connected to their ground control station at any time. This includes coverage of large areas of land where direct line of sight might not be possible due to terrain and other obstacles in between the drone and the groundstation.