Researchers from the Virginia Cooperative Extension are working on undestanding how to deploy drones to help aid in farming. They’re testing different ways that drones can be used and hoping to discover issues with drones before they start to be used on a larger scale.
|Drones: The future of farming?|
Dan Swafford is spending his days exploring the future of farming. He and his team from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, with the help of Virginia Tech, are doing research on the possible benefits of drone technology on farms…….
On good flying days, Swafford and his team take to the skies to see how sheep react to a high-flying visitor in the fields. Dan hopes to prove that farm animals won’t fear the new technology, an incentive for farmers to invest.
“Some breeds, the first day we fly above them, they’re not scared of it at all. You can come down within 15 feet of them. Some breeds, it takes three or four weeks for them to get used to the drone flying over them,” he explains.
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Here is an article from August 2017 that talks about how drones are used in farming;
Drone use in farming and agriculture
Precision agriculture is a farming management concept that uses drones for agriculture to measure, observe, and respond to variability found in crops.
From automated planting to crop management with real-time monitoring, drones have a vital role to play in the future of farming.
Although unmanned aerial drones for agriculture are in their infancy in the United States, Japan has been using them for years to help rice growers.
Some of the top rated drones in 2017 for agricultural/farming use are:
- Honeycorp AgDrone: The drone has a wing that is composed of Kevlar fiber composite, a material that cannot be cracked like carbon fiber, or which quickly fall to pieces like foam can. It therefore makes for a very durable, versatile, and powerful selection for drones in agriculture.
- DJI Matrice 100: It has dual battery components that allow for extended flight time of up to 40 minutes, making it a good choice for farmers and agriculturists.
- DJI T600 Inspire 1: This drone is suitable for agricultural use and has a 4K video recording capability, separate flight and camera control, with a carbon fiber frame.
- Agras MG-1 – DJI: This is an octocopter designed to spray large areas of farmland with pesticides or fertilizers. As it can cover an extraordinary amount of distance quickly – 4,000-6,000 m² in just 10 minutes – DJI, the Chinese drone manufacturer claims that it is 40-60 times more efficient than manual spraying.
- Ebee SQ – SenseFly: This is a precision agricultural drone designed to monitor crops from planting to harvest.
- Lancaster – Precision Hawk: This drone has many possible uses within the agricultural industry- It’s proprietary AI reacts to changing weather conditions and real-time diagnostics, while it can also be fitted with a range of imaging functions depending on what is required. Offering topography mapping, weather and temperature profiles, fast disease detection and drainage estimations, the Lancaster is an adaptable, precision solution drone.
Read More at businessinsider.com
Here’s a video of an “Agriculture Wonder Drone”