How are Drones utilized in the Agriculture Industry?

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Drones are used in agriculture to view their crops from the air and photograph fields.  They also are used for precise spraying of pesticides.  Some drones are equipped with sensors that can be utilized for mapping.  Still others have smart technology that allows them to connect to the cloud.

Smart drones can be connected to smartphones and have technology that allows interaction.  They are used by other industries such as law enforcement, the military and surveying.  These drones do face one obstacle – gaining approval from government agencies for their flight.  In the United States, for example, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved only 1,000 drones for flight.

Investing in agricultural drones has become big business.  In 2015, $4.25 billion was invested, double that of the previous year.  Currently, the market for drones is $494 million, but is expected to reach $3.69 billion by 2022.  To learn more about this growth as well as the uses of drones, consult WinterGreen Research’s report Agricultural Drones Market Shares, Market Strategies and Market Forecasts.

WinterGreen Research also has a report, Smart Commercial Drones, that further examines this topic.

Globally, the market for civilian drones is expected to grow 28% by 2019.  They are gaining in popularity because they are cost effective and can be flown without a pilot.  To learn more about this growing industry, visit Infiniti Research’s Global Civilian Drones Market report.

There are two types of drone sales – business to business and business to customer.

Every year 1 million acres of farmland are lost to climate change and urban growth, according to Prairie Business Magazine.  Drones can be used to make the most of what farmland is left by identifying crops affected by disease or lack of moisture and to find herbicide-resistant weeds.  This knowledge can help farmers better determine how to spend their funds.

While most farmers use drones themselves, companies have been established to offer drone services.

Drones also allow for transparency.  “Transparency in farming is being asked for by consumers. Consumers want to know where their food came know 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,” MarketWatch said.

However, having drones that are connected to the Internet poses problems because the devices could be vulnerable to hackers.  A hacked drone could have its steering, brakes and engines controlled by the hacker.

Other challenges include a lack of privacy and no set standard for use.

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