The Rise of the Drones

The Rise of the Drones

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Most folks have heard about the use of drones for military purposes, but there is a much better future for these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as they are officially called, in the world of agriculture. A number of universities and research agencies are already busily investigating their use mainly for crop surveillance of diseases and other production issues. The potential is certainly clear, the research is now trying to find what system and equipment will work best at the least cost. UAV Community Drones. However, the real push is coming from private UAV developers and monitoring equipment manufacturers who see new marketing potential in agriculture applications. A whole swarm of companies in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia are already well along with UAV concepts and prototypes. An additional industry inventing unique plant sensors and cameras will probably be created to take advantage of advancing drone technology.

UAV Community Drones. Aerial crop surveillance isn’t new — satellites and aircraft have done it on a limited scale for years. But the results were not always detailed or timely, and cost was a limiting factor. However, the advancement in technology has changed all that. Military drones now seem to be able to read newspapers at 500 feet, do it for hours on end with precise GPS measurements and broadcast the results to a cellphone instantly. With that type of pinpoint accuracy one can envisage new camera technology that will identify what types of insects may be in a field and how many are infesting a crop.

I expect all of that future surveillance will see further development in the use of attack drones that could spray crops against disease and pests in the exact location of the outbreak. UAV Community Drones. That could see considerable saving in herbicides and pesticides in blanket spraying as is now done by ground equipment and large spray aircraft. You would think green groups would be shouting hallelujah with this technological revolution, but I suspect chemical companies may not be as enthusiastic.

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