Agriculture Drones: Pros and Cons
Drones are now redefining precision agriculture. The number of farmers adopting the use of agricultural drones in their
farms is growing steadily. By these way farmers can cost-effectively monitor their crops. With the growing world population,
agricultural consumption is expected to grow tremendously. Owing to these circumstances, many more farmers are expected
to embrace agricultural drones.
There are lots of benefits to drones in precise farming, however, just like any other technology, drones have their pros and
cons that farmers ought to be aware of before they go buying one.
Agricultural Drones could be used for soil and field analysis with photography and analysis system.
Agricultural drones can carry out crop monitoring of vast fields with intelligent flight control and monitoring system.
Drones for Agriculture Spraying
Using ultrasonic echoing and lasers, drones can adjust altitude with a change in topography and geography. Their ability to
scan and modulate its distance from the ground enables them to spray the correct amount of the desired liquid evenly in real
time. This results in increased efficiency since the amount of water penetrating into groundwater is minimized. Spraying
drones has also proven to be faster than other traditional methods. They can aslo reaslize accurate pesticide spraying control.
Ease of Deployment
Unlike traditional aircraft, the agricultural drones are easier and cheaper to deploy.
Flight Time and Flight Range
Most of the drones have a short flight time of between 20minutes to an hour. This makes limits the acreage that it can cover
for every charge. The flight range also limits the radius that can be cover during everyflight time.
Initial Cost of Purchase
Drones with the features that qualify themfor use in the agricultural are quite costly. The desired cameras and the processing
software are quite costly making it equally capital intensive. Purchasing drones equipped for use in agriculture could prove costly in the short run but worthwhile in the long run
Agricultural Drones are much more prone to climatic conditions, unlike traditional aircraft. If it is very windy outside or rainy
outside you may not be able to fly them.
Knowledge and Skill
The images require analysis by a skilled and knowledgeable personnel for them to translate to any useful information.
These improvements will ensure that farmers reap more from the use of drones.