The drone industry has been widely appreciated for its aerial photography and filming applications, but recently it has been in the news for a number of other reasons. These devices have a number of real world applications and their benefits, as far as farming is concerned, are simply unbelievable. There has been a lot of talk about using drones for farming in the UK lately and that’s what we are going to be going over on this article.
The easiest way to explain how beneficial drones can be is by providing an example. If you go across the Atlantic ocean and look at the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), they have collected a whole lot of data as far as illegal run-off is concerned, in order to find violations of any sort. This really irritated farmers around the country, simply because one could say that the government was using these drones to spy on its citizens and their personal property. But what people need to realise about that particular case is that it isn’t the drones to blame.
Honestly, the government has been using satellites to keep track of illegal constructions on properties for quite a while now and it does make their job so much easier. So why blame the drones for this? It isn’t the drones that made the government start spying on its citizens. They were already doing that before.
Along with this, the major point of contention coming in from farmers all over the country is, why can’t we use drones to monitor crops? This could really help them hone in on all the deficient areas and even allow them to perform specialised crop dusting only in those areas of the field that need it. This wouldn’t only improve their efficiency, but it will greatly reduce their cost on chemicals and pesticides. Apart from this, drones also remove the immediate risk faced by a human pilot when he is forced to fly low and crop dust the fields. It looks like a win-win for everyone, right?
Apart from crop dusting, there are a variety of other applications for UAV’s as well, including; crop scouting, precision agriculture, weed management, livestock monitoring, etc. The key here is to be pro-active. If developers can reach a consensus on how drones will operate and put their minds together, they will surely be able to work something out that will keep all involved parties satisfied. Unfortunately though, people are too busy biting each others heads off.
In order to give you a better picture of how drones can help and how they are dangerous, let’s take a brief look at some of their advantages and disadvantages. While drones are known to help improve efficiency, provide quantifiable data and make measurements remotely, they have certain challenges as well, like their inability to fly in poor weather or in the rain.
So what do you think? Are drones a necessity for farmers? Do they really need them? Looks like all these questions are going to be answered in the months to come.