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Worldwide agricultural drone markets are poised to achieve significant growth with the use of cameras on stable flying platforms that are used to help implement precision farming. Crop visualization lets farmers better control and isolate areas for spraying and lets the drones do the spraying. Agricultural drones use automated process to make farming more productive. Drones provide better, more flexible visualization. Smart drone agricultural uses cameras and provide the prospect of trillions of dollars in farming economic growth. Smart commercial drones connect seamlessly and securely to the Internet and to each other.

Agricultural drone technology has reached a level of maturity that has put these systems at the forefront of farming modernization. Farmers around the entire world are adapting to drone availability, using aerial cameras to visualize plants. Use cases are evolving rapidly. Video, specialized video, targeted video, and agricultural spraying systems are offered. Agricultural Drones Use Technology for Spraying, Mapping, Pest Control, Seeding, Remote Sensing, and Precision Agriculture Agricultural technology uses drones to leverage a data-driven future. Inexpensive sensors, cloud computing and intelligent software used in a drone system hold the potential to transform agriculture and help feed the world’s growing population. Venture investment in agricultural drones has been strong. Investment of venture capital in agricultural technology start-ups reached $2.06 billion in the first half of 2015, 4.25 billion in 2015 doubling the amount of capital invested in this area in 2014. Agricultural drones leverage the Internet of things (IoT). IoT brings sensors to supplement images of the land from above, making it possible to communicate and use analytics to understand changes in vegetation. Digital electronics brings significant change to the ancient manual processes of farming.

Markets portend to reach multitrillion-dollar payoff from the emerging technology that increases the production and distribution of food. There are technical and policy issues to leverage the potential of the drone use of the Internet of Things (IoT). Challenges include security, privacy and standards. Hackers can enter apparently secure networks to remotely control engines, brakes and steering. This could create a problem on a farm if the network was hacked.

Agricultural industrialization has been brought in some measure by tractors and columbines. Drones bring far greater automated process. Preindustrial agriculture, dating from before Christ to about 1920, consisted of labor-intensive, essentially subsistence farming on small farms. This took two acres to feed one person. With industrial agriculture, from 1920 to 2010, tractors and combine harvesters, chemical fertilizers and seed science opened commercialization of farms. Gains in productivity achieved one acre feeding five people. Digital agriculture brought by drones is part of the next stage in industrialization of agriculture. It involves exploiting data from many sources — sensors on farm equipment and plants, satellite images and weather tracking. The use of water and fertilizer is measured and monitored. Growing can be monitored on a plant-by-plant basis.

Plant factories are being implemented worldwide that use 97% less water than an outdoor growing environment. Drones are anticipated to be used in those environments indoors. The data-rich approach to decision making represented a sharp break with tradition. It is a totally different world than walking out on the farmland, kicking the dirt and making a decision based on intuition. Transparency is a significant aspect of sensor use in farming logistics. Consumers care that their food is cared for in the proper manner: end to end. According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the study, “Transparency is one of the benefits of IoT that drones bring to digital farming. The benefits of digital farming are higher productivity and more efficient use of land, water and fertilizer. Transparency in farming is being asked for by consumers. Consumers want to know where their food came from, how much water and chemicals were used, and when and how the food was harvested. They want to know about consistent refrigeration during transport.”

Use of drones represents a key milestone in provision of value to every industry. Customized cameras are used to take photos and videos with stunning representations. Digital controls will further automate flying, making ease of use and flight stability a reality. New materials and new designs are bringing that transformation forward. By furthering innovation, continued growth is assured.” The worldwide market for agricultural drones is $494 million anticipated to reach $3.69 billion by 2022. The complete report provides a comprehensive analysis of drones in different categories, illustrating the diversity of uses for remote flying devices in farming. Analytics makes the images more cogent to farmers, letting them anticipate problems that only become visible to human farmers days or weeks after the drone images detect issues.

Table Of Contents

Agricultural Drones Market Shares, Market Strategies, and Market Forecasts, 2016 to 2022
Agricultural Drone Executive Summary 27
Agricultural Drone Market Driving Forces 27
Agricultural Drones For Crop Surveillance 31
Drone Agricultural Inspection and Planting Aerial Systems Market Shares 33
Agricultural Drone Market Forecasts 35
1. Agricultural Drones: Market Description and Market Dynamics 37
1.1 Venture Investment In Agricultural Drones 37
1.1.1 Agricultural Industrialization 38
1.1.2 Transparency Benefits Of IoT and Digital Farming 38
1.2 Smart Drones: Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Description 40
1.3 Drone Enhanced Capability and Payloads 41
1.4 Nano Drones Applications 43
1.4.1 Drone Miniaturization 44
1.5 Follow Me Drones 45
1.5.1 US FAA Commercial Drone Permits 46
1.6 Unmanned Aerial Systems Payloads 48
1.6.1 Composites Key to Utility 48
1.6.2 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Agriculture Mapping 49
1.7 Californian Wine Industry Uses Drones to Refine Sampling of the Vineyard51
1.8 Agri-Informatics 51
1.8.1 Drones Geo-Tag Images And Wirelessly Transmit 53
1.8.2 Drones Used in Japan for Agriculture 54
2. Agricultural Drone Market Shares and Forecasts 58
2.1 Agricultural Drone Market Driving Forces 58
2.1.1 Agricultural Drones For Crop Surveillance 62
2.2 Drone Agricultural Inspection and Planting Aerial Systems Market Shares 64
2.2.1 Agriculture Commercial Drone Market Vertical Growth: 68
2.2.2 Yamaha RMAX 70
2.2.3 DJI Agricultural Spraying Drone 73
2.2.4 Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet 74
2.2.5 Draganfly Draganflyer X4-P 75
2.2.6 AscTec Firefly 76
2.2.7 3D Robotics 77
2.2.8 AgEagle Aerial Systems Agricultural Crop Map Functions 78
2.3 Agricultural Drone Market Forecasts 80
2.3.1 Agricultural Drone Unit Analysis and Unit Forecasts 83
2.3.2 Agricultural Drone Unit Shipments 85
2.3.1 Agriculture Surveying Via Drones 88
2.3.2 Drone Agricultural Surveying 89
2.3.3 Agricultural Crop Dusting Drones 90
2.3.4 Agricultural Drone Trends 91
2.3.5 Agricultural Drones Provide Farmers With Detailed Views 93
2.4 Drone Shipments 94
2.4.1 Drone Market Shares and Sector Forecasts 100
2.4.2 Drone Market Forecasts 102
2.5 Agricultural Drone Prices 107
2.6 Drone Systems by Application 108
2.7 Agricultural Drone Regional Market Analysis 109
2.7.1 Smart Drone Commercial (UAV) Industry Regional Summary 112
2.7.2 U.S Accounts for 73 Percent of The Worldwide Research, Development, Test, And Evaluation (RDTandE) Spending On Smart Drone Technology 113
2.7.3 U.S. State Department Drone Export Guidelines 115
2.7.4 Canada 115
2.7.5 Europe 116
2.7.6 UK Trade in Drones 117
2.7.7 Drones for the Netherlands 117
2.7.8 Japan 118
2.7.9 Sony Drone Services 121
2.7.10 Japanese Drone Works Inside the Nuclear Power Plant 123
2.7.11 China 125
2.7.12 Chinese Smog-Fighting Drones That Spray Chemicals To Capture Air Pollution 127
2.7.13 China Desires Exports, Steps Up Research In Drones 129
2.7.14 Chinese Commercial Drones 132
2.7.15 Singapore 133
2.7.16 Africa 134
2.7.17 East Africa 135
2.7.18 Expansion of US Drone Base in Africa 136
2.7.19 Ethiopia 138
2.7.20 Brazil 138
2.7.21 Morocco 139
2.7.22 India 140
2.7.23 Australian Research on Agricultural Drones 140
3. Agricultural Drone Product Description 143
3.1 Yamaha Crop Dusting Drones 143
3.1.1 Yahama 148
3.1.2 Yamaha RMAX 149
3.1.3 Yamaha Unmanned Helicopters For Industrial And Research Applications 153
3.1.4 Yamaha Rmax Helicopter Agricultural Drone For Crop Spraying 154
3.2 AeroVironment 157
3.2.1 AeroVironment: RQ-11B Raven for Agriculture 157
3.2.2 AeroVironment: RQ-11B Raven 158
3.2.3 AeroVironment Raven Specifications 160
3.2.4 AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE 165
3.2.5 AeroVironement Ground Control System 167
3.2.6 BP and AeroVironment FAA-Approved, Commercial Drone Operations Presage Agricultural Applications 168
3.2.7 AeroVironment Integrated LiDAR Sensor Payload 173
3.2.8 AeroVironment AV's Family of Small UAS 175
3.3 DJI Inspire 1 176
3.3.1 DJI Technology Chinese Crop Spraying Drone 177
3.3.2 DJI Technology Turning to the Rural Market 181
3.3.3 DJI Phantom 183
3.3.4 DJI Ronin 185
3.4 3D Robotics 189
3.4.1 3D Robotics Launches Line of Mapping Drones 191
3.4.2 3D Robotics 193
3.5 FT Sistemas 195
3.5.1 FT Sistemas Drone Applications 197
3.6 AgEagle 200
3.6.1 AgEagle Aerial Systems 202
3.7 Raven Industries 203
3.7.1 Raven and AgEagle Partner on UAS Solutions for Agriculture 203
3.8 HoneyComb AgDrones 204
3.9 Parrot / SenseFly 209
3.10 Precision Drones 210
3.11 PrecisionHawk Lancaster Drone Monitors Livestock Temperature To Check For Fever 214
4. Agricultural Drone Research and Technology 216
4.1 Agricultural Research and Technology 216
4.2 Regulations in the Agricultural Drone Industry 217
4.2.1 Drone Regulation Exemptions 217
4.2.2 FAA Plans Final Regulation on Commercial Drone Use by Mid-2016 219
4.2.3 FAA Approved Drone Projects 219
4.3 Agricultural Drone Sensors and Capabilities 229
5. Agricultural Company Profiles 230
5.1 3D Robotics 230
5.1.1 3D Robotics Acquisition of Sifteo 230
5.2 AeroVironment 231
5.2.1 AeroVironment Revenue 2015 232
5.3 AgEagle 236
5.4 Airogisitic 240
5.5 Airware 242
5.5.1 Airware Components of its Aerial Information Platform 244
5.5.2 Airware's AIP Business Model 245
5.5.3 Airware Investment from Intel Capital 245
5.6 Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) 246
5.7 China Aerospace CASC Space Technology 247
5.7.1 China Aerospace CASC Revenue 247
5.8 Deveron Resources Ltd 248
5.8.1 Eagle Scout Drone Imaging 249
5.9 DJI 251
5.9.1 DJI Agricultural Spraying Drone 253
5.9.2 DJI Inspire 1 254
5.9.3 DJI Technology Chinese Crop Spraying Drone 256
5.10 FT Sistemas 259
5.11 Honeycomb 259
5.12 HUVRData, LLC 261
5.13 Parrot / Sensefly 263
5.13.1 Parrot / Sensefly 264
5.13.2 Parrot/senseFly 264
5.13.3 Parrot Group / senseFly 265
5.13.4 Parrot Group senseFly CTI Certified 265
5.13.5 Parrot Drone First Quarter Sales For 2015 Up 356 Percent 266
5.14 Precision Drone 268
5.15 Raven Industries 269
5.16 Skycatch 269
5.17 Tekever Drones To Detect Vine Disease 270
5.17.1 TEKEVER Group drone Project In The Wine-Growing Region Of Minho (North of Portugal) 271
5.17.2 TEKEVER 272
5.18 Topcon Positioning Group 273
5.19 Yahama 274
5.19.1 Yamaha Crop Dusting Drones 278
5.20 Yuneec 279
WinterGreen Research, 283
WinterGreen Research Methodology 284
Table ES-1 28
Agricultural Drone Market Driving Forces 28
Table ES-2 29
Agricultural Drone Market Factors 29
Table ES-3 30
Agricultural Drone Geo-Referenced Image Advantages 30
Table ES-4 32
Benefits of Agricultural Drones 32
Figure ES-5 33
Commercial Drones Took to the Skies First for the Agricultural Industry 33
Figure ES-6 34
Agricultural Drone Market Shares, Dollars, 2015 34
Figure ES-7 36
Smart Commercial Drone Agriculture Aerial Systems Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 36
Table 1-1 42
Ability Of Commercial Drones To Perform Delivery Function in Agriculture 42
Table 1-2 43
Nano Drones Applications 43
Figure 1-3 47
DJI Share of FAA Drone Operations Exceptions 47
Table 1-4 55
Drones Used in Japan for Agriculture Access Benefits 55
Table 1-5 56
Drone Farming Plot Infrastructure Access Barriers 56
Table 2-1 59
Agricultural Drone Market Driving Forces 59
Table 2-2 60
Agricultural Drone Market Factors 60
Table 2-3 61
Agricultural Drone Geo-Referenced Image Advantages 61
Table 2-4 63
Benefits of Agricultural Drones 63
Figure 2-5 64
Commercial Drones Took to the Skies First for the Agricultural Industry 64
Figure 2-6 65
Agricultural Drone Market Shares, Dollars, 2015 65
Table 2-7 66
Agricultural Inspection and Planting Drone Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015 66
Table 2-8 68
Drone Uses in Agriculture 68
Figure 2-9 71
Yamaha Helicopter Drone Spraying 71
Figure 2-10 72
Yamaha RMAX Helicopter Drones 72
Figure 2-11 73
DJI Agricultural Spraying Drone 73
Figure 2-12 75
Draganfly Draganflyer X4-P 75
Figure 2-13 76
AscTec Firefly 76
Table 2-14 76
Technical Data - AscTec Firefly 76
Table 2-15 79
AgEagle Aerial Systems Agricultural Crop Map Functions 79
Figure 2-16 81
Smart Commercial Drone Agriculture Aerial Systems Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 81
Table 2-17 82
Agricultural Drone Markets Worldwide, 2016-2022 82
Table 2-18 83
Agricultural Inspection and Planting Smart Drone Aerial Systems (UAS) Market Shares, Units, Worldwide, 2015 83
Figure 2-19 86
Agricultural Drone Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2016-2022 86
Table 2-20 87
Small and Mid-Size Agricultural Drone Systems, Dollars and Units, Worldwide, 2015-2021 87
Figure 2-21 88
Agriculture Surveying Via Drones 88
Figure 2-22 90
Table 2-23 94
Drone Systems Market Share Units, 2015 94
Figure 2-24 96
Drone Aerial Systems Market Forecasts, Units, Worldwide, 2016-2022 96
Figure 2-25 98
DJI Overcomes Technological Barriers to Drone Manufacture 98
Figure 2-26 99
Agriculture, Business, Environmental and Entertainment Use of Drones 99
Figure 2-27 101
Drone Systems Market Shares, 2015 101
Figure 2-28 103
Drone Aerial Systems Forecasts, Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 103
Table 2-29 105
Drone Aerial Systems by Sector, Military, Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Border Patrol, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Disaster Response, Package Delivery, Photography, Videography, Dollars, Worldwide, 2016-2022 105
Table 2-30 108
Drone Systems by Application, Military, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Border Patrol, Agricultural, Package Delivery, Consumer Photo Drones, Utility Infrastructure Inspection, and Mapping, Market Shares, Dollars, Worldwide, 2015 108
Figure 2-31 111
Drone Aerial Systems (UAS) Regional Market Segments, Dollars, 2015 111
Table 2-32 112
Drone Aerial Systems (UAS) Regional Market Segments, 2015 112
Figure 2-33 119
Japanese Hexacopter Smart Commercial Drone 119
Figure 2-34 121
Sony Commercial Drone 121
Figure 2-35 123
Drone Model Envisaged For Work Inside The Reactor Buildings At The Crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant 123
Figure 2-36 131
Chinese Vendors Seeks to Sell Drones to China 131
Figure 2-37 137
Expansion of US Drone Base in Africa 137
Figure 2-38 141
Australian Research on Agricultural Drones 141
Figure 3-1 143
Figure 3-2 145
UC Davis Using Yahama Helicopter Drones For Crop Dusting 145
Figure 3-3 146
Yamaha Crop Dusting Initiatives 146
Figure 3-4 149
Yamaha Helicopter Drone Spraying 149
Figure 3-5 150
Yamaha RMAX Helicopter Drones 150
Figure 3-6 151
Yamaha Agricultural Spraying 151
Figure 3-7 152
Yamaha Rmax Drone 152
Figure 3-8 153
Yamaha Unmanned Helicopters For Industrial And Research Applications 153
Table 3-9 154
Yamaha Drone Unmanned Helicopters Agricultural Applications 154
Figure 3-10 155
Yamaha R-Max Agricultural Robot Spraying 155
Figure 3-11 156
Yamaha Rmax Spraying 156
Figure 3-12 159
AeroVironment Raven Used for Agriculture 159
Figure 3-13 160
AeroVironment Agricultural Inspection 160
Figure 3-14 161
AeroVironment Raven Features 161
Figure 3-15 162
AeroVironment Raven Specifications 162
Figure 3-16 163
AeroVironment Raven Flight 163
Figure 3-17 164
AeroVironment Agricultural Drone Applications 164
Figure 3-18 165
AeroVironement RQ-20A Puma AE 165
Figure 3-19 167
AeroVironement Ground Control System 167
Figure 3-20 169
BP and AeroVironment Drone for Comprehensive GIS Services 169
Table 3-21 172
AeroVironment BP Services 172
Table 3-22 173
AeroVironement Inspection of Critical Infrastructure 173
Figure 3-23 175
AeroVironment Raven 175
Figure 3-24 176
DJI Inspire 1 176
Figure 3-25 177
DJI Crop Spraying Agricultural Drone 177
Table 3-26 179
DJI Agras Agricultural Drone Features 179
Table 3-27 180
DJI Agras Agricultural Drone Functions 180
Figure 3-28 182
DJI Technology Farm Drone Can Spray Pesticides Over Up To 4hectares Of Land Every Hour?40 Times More Efficient Than Manual Spraying 182
Figure 3-29 183
DJI Phantom 183
Figure 3-30 184
DJI Phantom Series 184
Figure 3-31 185
DJI Ronin 185
Table 3-32 187
DJI Agras MG-1 Worldwide Large Farm Challenges 187
Table 3-33 188
DJI Agras MG-1 Drone Challenges 188
Figure 3-34 190
3D Robotics 190
Figure 3-35 191
Figure 3-36 193
3D Robotics Vineyard Inspection 193
Figure 3-37 195
Figure 3-38 196
FT Sistemas Drone Designs 196
Figure 3-39 196
FT Sistemas Naval Drone Designs 196
Figure 3-40 197
FT Sistemas RGB Drone Perspectives 197
Figure 3-41 198
FT Sistemas Drone Applications 198
Figure 3-42 198
FT Sistemas Brazilian Military Drones 198
Table 3-43 199
Brazilian Land Force FT100 Mission Targets 199
3.6 AgEagle 200
Figure 3-44 200
AgEagle 200
Table 3-45 201
AgEagle Aerial Systems Agricultural Crop Map Functions 201
Figure 3-46 203
AgEagle Agricultural Drone 203
Figure 3-47 205
HoneyComb AgDrone 205
Figure 3-48 206
HoneyComb AgDrone System Controller 206
Figure 3-49 207
HoneyComb AgDrone Flying 207
Table 3-50 209
Parrot Sensefly eXom Drone Functions 209
Figure 3-51 210
Parrot Sensefly Agricultural Drone 210
Figure 3-52 211
Precision Drone on Farm 211
Figure 3-53 212
Precision Drone For Agriculture 212
Figure 3-54 213
Precision Drones Mapping View of Cornfield 213
Figure 3-55 214
PrecisionHawk Lancaster Drone Monitors Livestock 214
Figure 4-1 218
US FAA Drone Exceptions by Use Case 218
Table 4-2 229
AeroVironment Integration Of Sensors And Capabilities For Delivering Actionable Intelligence 229
5.3 AgEagle 236
Figure 5-1 238
AgEagle NIR Camera Proprietary Index Filter 238
Figure 5-2 239
AgEagle Transport Van 239
Figure 5-3 240
AgEagle Dependable Component Of A Precision Agriculture Program 240
Figure 5-4 241
Airogistic Drones 241
Table 5-5 250
Eagle Scout Drone State-Of-The-Art Camera, Sensor And Software Technology Applications 250
Figure 5-6 252
DJI Phantom 252
Figure 5-7 253
DJI Agricultural Spraying Drone 253
Figure 5-8 255
DJI Inspire 1 255
Figure 5-9 256
DJI Crop Spraying Agricultural Drone 256
Table 5-10 258
DJI Agras Agricultural Drone Features 258
5.10 FT Sistemas 259
Table 5-11 260
HoneyComb AgDrones Mission 260
Table 5-12 261
HUVD Drone Services Industries Targeted 261
Figure 5-13 267
Parrot Consumer Drone 267
Figure 5-14 270
Tekevervines 270
Figure 5-15 275
UC Davis Using Yahama Helicopter Drones For Crop Dusting 275
Figure 5-16 276
Yamaha Crop Dusting Initiatives 276
Figure 5-17 278
Figure 5-18 281
Yuneec Drone 281
Table 5-19 282
Yuneec Hobby RC Fixed Wing Aircraft 282

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