Drones and the Digital Future of Agriculture
A growing global population, less available arable land, aging workforces, and climate change, mean that the pressures on Agriculture producers are becoming more complex. Meeting these challenges requires new innovations to optimize production, costs, quality and quantity, while balancing the need for environmental sustainability.
In his article “Six Ways Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture”, Michal Mazur lists the following ways Drones are positively impacting agriculture:
- Soil and field analysis – precise 3D maps can be produced to support planning seed planting patterns.
- Planting – has decreased costs by 75%.
- Crop spraying – has shown to be up to five times faster, with reduced chemicals penetrating ground water.
- Crop monitoring – improves precision and timeliness.
- Irrigation – can detect dryness and health of crops.
- Health assessment – spot bacterial and fungal infections.
Informing the use of drones and leveraging the data they acquire is also part of the conversation happening in agriculture around the digitization of production. An innovation conversation has begun, revolving around the benefits of digitizing the production. This conversation reflects the promise of a smart and data-driven industry that will produce needed quantities while optimizing the use of seeds, chemicals and water and ensuring end to end food traceability. Digital transformation is coming, powered by collaboration between farmers and seeds and crop protection manufacturers.
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