1. Precise fertilization plan
Beginning before the main growing season in late winter, agricultural drones are used to take hundreds of images of developing crops, and these are used to create maps that help identify early patterns of early growth.
This helps to clearly identify areas that need to be sprayed with fertilizer, so farmers can plan spraying programs with unprecedented levels of efficiency.
2. Weed and disease control programs
Similar to fertilization programs, agricultural drones can take hundreds of images across a farm and collate data about where weeds are growing.
3. Tree mapping
With its ability to easily obtain a bird's-eye view and large-area imagery mapping, agricultural drones can be used to map the location and health of trees in orchards, the same applies to timber cultivation, and drones can monitor remote forestry locations.
4. Crop spraying
The previous state-of-the-art method of crop spraying was with small aircraft, and agricultural drones could be programmed to spray different quantities based on crops and their local needs.
The only means of monitoring large areas of oil fields in the past were spot checks, and farmers can only hope that during these random checks, any future problems will arise in time.
With agricultural drones, relying on spot-check roulette can become a thing of the past, and by collecting accurate, synchronized data across the entire farm at once, farmers can more easily spot problems before they spread or get out of control, and can then take appropriate preventive action.
Compiling so much data at once was previously impossible, and using drones, farmers can exponentially increase their access to precise information that can simultaneously sort out the condition of large tracts of land during peak growing seasons.
The prediction is that as climate change and ecological destruction put new pressures on agriculture, lightweight, small and very nimble drones will become increasingly useful.
The idea of agricultural drones working in organized swarms to perform detailed functions of maintaining crops has been proposed, and these could include coordinated networks for detailed fertilization or crop spraying.
Another problem is honeybees, which are crucial in the life cycle of crops, and as bee populations become more sparse, agricultural drones are envisioned as a means of replicating the delicate behavior of pollination.
The current surge in energy in the drone industry has led to an increase in the number of jobs for experienced drone pilots, and will only increase.
Using a fully compliant drone pilot registered with the relevant civil aviation authority ensures that farmers work with professionals who are experienced in the needs and challenges of agricultural mapping and surveying, and who are up-to-date with the latest agricultural technology developments.