Drones: Their Powerful Role in Agriculture

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Precision Agriculture | 10/17/2018

The field of agriculture has evolved. Farming is no longer only about keeping cows and planting crops- it is more of a business. Every day, there is a new advancement, a new way in which farmers can keep tabs on their crops. If you have a big land where you have planted your crops, and you are expecting a massive production, you want to keep close tabs on the crop. Going over the crop manually may either end up destroying it, and it will take you a long time. Drones have been invented for the purpose of making farming easy.

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Through the use of this modern technology, farmers are able to keep tabs on their crop and have up to date information on the crops.

What are Drones?

Drones can be simply described as Unmanned aerial vehicles. They are small in size, hence a human being cannot fit in there. A drone can be operated in two ways. You can either opt to operate it manually. This whereby you are able to control the gadget and lead it in the direction that you would like it to go. The other option you have is letting the gadget fly on its own. In this case, the drone will be able to control itself, but it will use GPs or another sensor to determine the area it will cover.

Why should you consider using drones?

A drone and light device. A drone is able to fly high lengths into the sky and collect data on your crops faster than you can. It will be able to capture high-quality pictures at a low rate and show you the performance of your crops. Farmers were used to having drones being used for spraying crops, but they have now become an advanced technology that every farmer should consider having. The tool can take pictures from a further distance and give you a clear and a general view of your fields. Other than that, the drone will be able to capture an in-depth and up-close picture of your crop. You will have a clear layout of your crop’s performance. It will be able to detect any weeds, pests or anything that you would need to view about your crop.

This device isn’t only for pictures. After collecting the images it will give you useful information on your crop. What kind of information will you be able to get?

  • The health of your crop. You will get to know if your plants are infested by any pests and the severity through observing the data you have
  • The height of your plants and the density
  • The water needs of the crop. It can detect an area in the field that could use more water
  • Information on your soil. This is, whether the soil has the available nutrients
  • Through field scouting, you get to know the plant size, stand number and so forth

As a farmer, you spend a lot of time, money and effort into ensuring that you have the best crop. You do all this in a bid to sustain a steady income for you and your family. Because of this reason, you should ensure that you use up to date technology that will help you yield the best crops. If a device is able to ensure that you are up to date with what is happening in your fields, it means that it will save you a lot of money and any loss that you could have incurred.

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