Drones aren’t a new technology. But their use in the field of agriculture has gained critical momentum in the past couple of years, owing to robust investments and a somewhat more relaxed regulatory environment. According to a recent PwC analysis, the total addressable value of drone-powered solutions in all applicable industries is more than $127 billion. The market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture is estimated to be at $32.4 billion. Let’s take a look at how it is revolutionizing agriculture.
Soil and field analysis: Drones produce precise 3-D maps for early soil analysis, making them instrumental at the start of the crop cycle. They can be helpful in planning seed planting patterns and analyzing the data for irrigation and nitrogen-level management.
Planting: Drones can shoot pods with seeds and plant necessary nutrients into the soil to sustain life. Startups have created drone-planting systems thatdecrease planting costs by 85 percent and achieve an uptake rate of 75 percent.
Crop spraying: Distance-measuring equipmentenables a drone to adjust altitude as the topography and geography vary, and thus avoid collisions. Drones can scan the ground and spray the correct amount of liquid, modulating distance from the ground and spraying in real time for even coverage, resulting in increased efficiency with a reduction of in the amount of chemicals penetrating into groundwater. Aerial spraying can be completed up to five times faster with drones than with traditional machinery as per the experts.