Farmers Warming Up to Drones


Taking cue from realtors who use drones to get more comprehensive shots of properties, more farmers in the U.S. are said to be following suit.


A new poll finds 21 percent of farmers plan to operate a drone this year. The poll found 21 percent of farmers will operate the drone themselves, while another 12 percent of farmers indicated they would opt for a third-party entity to fly drones. – Read more at:

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And why not? As farmers from other parts of the world realize, there are a number of ways drones can be useful in agriculture, such as in soil and field analysis.


Drones can be instrumental at the start of the crop cycle. They produce precise 3-D maps for early soil analysis, useful in planning seed planting patterns. After planting, drone-driven soil analysis provides data for irrigation and nitrogen-level management. Read more at:


When it comes to improving irrigation, drones equipped with multispectral, hyperspectral, and thermal sensing technology are proving to be just as revolutionary. These drones can span the width and breadth of enormous fields to collect crop moisture data, and then sound the alarm whenever critically dry areas are identified. Read more at:


Other benefits of drone use for farmers include being able to:

*Optimize inputs

*React faster to threats

*Save time crop scouting

*Improve variable rates application

*Estimate yield


However, there can also be challenges to using drones in the farm, and among these is how to use all the information that can be gathered. Despite these though, drones are farmers’ new best friends, just as they are for those involved in drone photography.


Besides, aside from the data that can be collected by drones, using drones in farms is cost-efficient. “The other component is cost. They’re finding that they can save that efficiencies and cost can be saved when using drones. You don’t have to wait for a pilot to come out, wait for a plane or wait for a satellite to come over a field. You can just take your drone out and fly your mission. When it’s necessary you can make that decision,” Kidwell said. Read more at:





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