Dronefly.com has released its third infographic on drone use applications. This time they discuss one of the largest addressable commercial market segment: agriculture. Below they have outlined the four main use cases that the infographic goes into detail about:
1. Multispectral imaging sensors mounted to drones are changing the game for the agriculture industry. In the past, these sensors were much larger and would be typically outfitted on a manned aircraft, which would then be flown over the crop field area. This method was extremely expensive and could only be done a few times a year. Today, with drones and compact sensors, farmers can pilot the drones themselves and scan their crop area as frequently as they want to, all at a fraction of the cost. With increased field scanning to evaluate crop health, better, more informed decisions can be made.
2. Drones can create detailed GPS maps of a crop field area with their on-board cameras. From these aerial images, orthomosaic maps (smaller pictures stitched together to form one large picture) can be created, giving farmers a new perspective of their land. This allows farmers to better plan where crops are being planted to maximize land, water, and fertilizer usage.
3. Heavy lift drones can carry large liquid payloads with the ability to spray crop fields with the necessary fertilizer and pesticides. These flying crop dusting platforms are a fraction of the cost compared to manned aircraft and can be deployed autonomously.
4. Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras provide farmers a new way to monitor livestock. This technology is especially useful when checking in on the herd to see if there are any injured, missing, or birthing animals. This setup also provides increased security to farmers as it gives them a new tool to monitor their property remotely.
Drones are the future of farming and as machine learning and drone efficiency improves, we will see drones continue to be integrated into the agricultural farming sector. Dronefly.com will be here to facilitate and educate the public on just how beneficial drones are to the agricultural market.
For more information about Dronefly’s Agricultural Drone Infographic, visit: https://www.dronefly.com/pages/drones-in-the-field-infographic-agriculture-drones
Infographic Provided by Dronefly.com