agriculture drones

How drones are taking off in the agriculture sector

Using drones for crop spraying or for information gathering with multispectral imaging in the agriculture sector has never been easier.

Crop health sensors that run NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) used to be outfitted to manned airplanes where the system would weigh around 15 pounds.

Now, in the drone revolution, these sensors are so compact they can be outfitted to consumer drones like the DJI Phantom or even a DJI Mavic. And as imaging sensors get smaller and more efficient the cost-benefit of this technology will continue to grow.

These sensors, such as ones made by Sentera, come with software that can be integrated into other farm management platforms such as John Deere’s Operations Center. 

More than 30% of farmers already use drones themselves or through a third-party provider, according to a poll of more than 1,000 farmers.

Dronefly, a thermal and multispectral drone vendor, compiled the top drone use cases in agriculture and put them in an infographic. Check it out:

One Comment

  • DroneZon says:

    Excellent post. Farmers using drone will save on water, pesticides and increase crop yields. They can also survey fencing and buildings. If the farmer has cattle of sheep, then the drone can be flown out to keep an eye on them.

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