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Best Practices of UAVs in Agriculture

The use of drones in precision agriculture is gaining momentum because of their ability to provide up-to-date information quickly and efficiently. The development of drone software and its overall affordability has also led to an increase in drone use. Now, As one of the leading agricultural drone manufacturers, let TitanFlying introduce the specific applications of agricultural UAVs.

Ⅰ. Assess soil condition
Smart agriculture is data-driven, enabling farmers to take action based on accurate information about the condition of their soil. In order to extract these data, previous physical access to the site and manual collection of metrics are needed. Drones equipped with agricultural smart sensors can collect and transmit these data. Needless to say, they can also be processed in a faster and more precise way.

Ⅱ. Plant future crops
Prepare soil for planting and then launch seeds into it from a drone, rather than using outdated planting techniques. The use of agricultural UAV for seed planting is relatively new.

Drones can also spray fields with water, fertilizer, or herbicides, reducing the cost, physical labor, and time spent on these processes.

Ⅲ. Fight infections and pests
Agricultural UAVs can not only use thermal, multi-spectral, and hyper-spectral technologies to inform farmers of soil conditions, but they can also detect weeds, infections, and pests in fields. Based on these data, farmers can determine the exact amount of chemicals needed to fight pests and diseases, not only helping to reduce costs, but also helping to improve field health.

Ⅳ. Agricultural spraying
The smart farm also uses agricultural UAVs for agricultural spraying, which helps limit human exposure to fertilizers, pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Drones can do this faster and more efficiently than cars and planes. They are also a good choice for farms that still use manual labor.

Agricultural UAVs are also irreplaceable when it comes to on-site treatment. They can use sensors and cameras to detect and treat infected areas, while keeping the field healthy. This not only saves time and improves security, but also helps reduce costs.

Ⅴ. Crop monitoring
Farmland covers a large area and it is often nearly impossible to estimate the overall condition of the crop. By using agricultural UAVs for agricultural mapping, farmers can keep track of the health conditions of plants in a particular area and point out fields that need attention.

To assess the condition of crops, drones use infrared thermal imaging to examine fields and determine the rate of light absorption. Based on accurate real-time information, farmers can take steps to improve the condition of plants in any location.

Ⅵ. Herds monitoring
In animal husbandry, drones can keep an eye on cows as they graze on pastures, reducing the need for labor on horseback and in trucks. Using heat-sensor technology, the drones can spot lost cows, spot injured or sick animals and count the exact number. Admittedly, drones can do a better job than sheepdogs.

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