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The Benefits of Using Drones in Agriculture

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1 February 2022

The Benefits of Using Drones in Agriculture

By 2050, the world population is estimated to have increased by over two billion. This has placed an increased strain on farmers as it is thought that global food production must increase by 60-100% to meet demands. As a result, drones have been warmly welcomed by the agricultural industry to help improve productivity and increase yield rates.

 

How Are Drones Being Used in Agriculture?

Drones are being used within farming for a wide range of applications. Agricultural assets that require regular visual inspection include crops, soil health, land conditions and livestock.

Most significantly, drones are being used to facilitate precision agriculture. Precision agriculture is believed to be the solution to meet increased food production demands. Drones collect data which is used to manage crops and ensure that the soil and crops receive exactly what is required for prime productivity and health.

Traditionally, crop conditions were examined manually. This was not only extremely time-consuming but was also not suitable for large-scale farming operations. Additionally, there is a delay between data being collected and action being taken which can prove detrimental.

Alternatively, drones provide real-time insights. Potential problems can be identified and remedied quickly to minimise the impact of any failing crops. Furthermore, drones offer an aerial perspective and capture data in a way that cannot be achieved at ground level. Precision agriculture is now affordable using drone technology.

With advanced capabilities including thermal and multispectral imaging, drones are increasingly being used to monitor crops, analyse soil health, manage livestock, and conduct aerial surveys.

 

The Benefits of Using Drones in Agriculture

Drones have revolutionised the agricultural industry and streamlined operations. Benefits include:

 

1. Enhanced Efficiency

Drones allow for operations to be conducted much more quickly than using traditional manual methods. As well as capturing high-quality imagery, drones provide real-time insights which allow for informed decisions to be made. As a result, increased yield rates are achieved.

Drones also remove the need for individuals to put themselves into potentially hazardous situations.

 

2. Improve Accuracy

Drones are widely renowned for the highly detailed data they offer, even in low visibility conditions. Access to extremely accurate crop health assessments enable more representative forecasts and predictions to be made regarding crop yield.

 

3. Cost-Effective

Drone technology offers farmers and farming organisations significant cost-savings. Being able to analyse data in real-time can improve crop yield, reduce the occurrence of crop failings and improve decision making. Drones also greatly reduce operation costs over time.

 

No matter the size or scale of your land, the benefits of incorporating drones in agriculture are plentiful.

 

What Are the Best Drones for Agriculture?

With such a wide range of drones available on the market, it can be difficult to know which drone is most efficient for conducting agricultural operations. Here are our top recommendations.

 

DJI Phantom 4 RTK

Drone-Sales: £5,880.00

DARe-3D Hire: £350 per week

 

The DJI Phantom 4 RTK leads the way for the next generation of mapping processes. This drone offers centimetre accurate data for total precision and reduces the necessary control points on the floor. With up to 30 minutes of battery life and a 20-megapixel camera, enjoy a reliable HD image and video transmission range of up to 7km. This drone is perfect for those wanting to conduct aerial surveys.

 

DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral RTK

Drone-Sales: £5,742.00

DARe-3D Hire: £550 per week

 

Gather precise plant-level data using the P4 Multispectral, a high-precision drone with a multispectral imaging system designed specifically for agricultural operations. This DJI drone has a flight time of up to 27 minutes and a 7km transmission range, letting operators gain highly detailed insights into crop heath. With a 3-axis stabilised gimbal and the ability to collect centimetre accurate data, the P4 Multispectral marks the beginning of intelligent agricultural missions.

 

DJI Matrice 300 (M300) RTK

Drone-Sales: £7,920.00

DARe-3D Hire: £600 per week

 

The M300 RTK is the most versatile commercial DJI drone. With up to 55 minutes of flight time and the ability to carry up to 3 payloads at once with a maximum combined weight of 2.7kg, the M300 RTK sets a new standard for drones. Combining intelligence with high-performance and unrivalled reliability, its AI capabilities and 6 directional sensing and positioning makes this drone great for conducting advanced agricultural operations.

 

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced

Drone-Sales: £5,400.00

DARe-3D Hire: £245 per week

 

The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is one of DJI’s most efficient drones. Its portable nature combined with its built in thermal (16x) and zoom (32x) cameras help take agricultural operations to the next level. Additionally, its self-heating batteries enables this drone to operate in conditions as cold as -10°, great for conducting drone missions all year round.

Additionally, attaching a DJI RTK module to this UAV can produce centimetre accurate data.

 

Summary

Drones are increasingly being used to conduct agricultural operations and it is clear to see why. Not only do they streamline operations, but they also facilitate precision agriculture in an affordable way. Drones aid decision making and enhance efficiency, helping meet demands for increased food production. Drones will only continue to consolidate their position within the agricultural industry over time.

The team at DARe-3D are highly experienced in conducting drone services within the agricultural and crop farming sector. 

Alternatively, DARe-3D’s business-to-business drone hire offers daily and weekly rentals for a wide range of drones and accessories from brands including DJI, Autel Robotics and Yuneec.

Get in touch with us today to find out more. 

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