The Increasing Use of Drones in Agriculture (Precision Agriculture)
Precision agriculture is the practice of growing crops using highly advanced technology, such as geospatial techniques and sensors. This type of agriculture has been practiced for a long time now. It is usually done using GPS technology that utilizes images from satellites to study variations in the state of the crops and to study the condition of the soil. However, there are certain problems in making the use of this technology, such as:
The geospatial technology available in the past was limited to large machinery, such as crop-dusters and other planes. This made it mandatory that a technology more apt for farmers was developed, and it came in the form of the drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The advantages of drones as an assistant in precision agriculture are quite plenty.
The use of drones in agriculture is already taking place and many farmers have resorted to this extremely cost effective and useful technology. There still remains scope of improvement when it comes to the use of drones in agriculture. Some of the areas that require a bit of work include:
However, it is important that developments are made keeping the farmers in mind. In fact, if the farmers are looped into the development process then it will deliver amazing results and the agricultural sector is going to benefit immensely from it.
It is a time of technological boom as far as agriculture is concerned. Gone are the days when farmers were technologically illiterate. Today the farmers are not only using the latest technology to increase their produce but are also helping engineers and scientists in developing new tools and methods of farming.