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Importance of The Drones for Farmers and Agriculture




Drones for farmers

Location Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Home of the birthplace of the American cranberry industry as well as brutally cold winters. As the temperature gets colder in fall, farmers engage in a practice known as wet harvesting to keep their crops from being destroyed from the freezing cold. Yet through this adversity, farmers have an ally that more surprise some: technology and more so drones.

One farmer, an avid RC enthusiast, decided to use a Phantom 4 drone as a way for he to have an aerial view of his farm and to provide some knowledge on how to save his crops from severe damage to cold.

The Cranberry Industry relies on technology for what is an ever-changing environmental challenge. Technology and data may have the key to what challenges lie ahead. 

Drone Technology-Marriage of Technology and Data.

Employing drones to assist with farming seems like a natural pairing of drone and farming technology. For many smaller, independent farmers rely on common drone, a Phantom 4 who can see the benefits of having a not so traditional tool to get the most out of their crops. The Phantom 4 helps provide the aerial view that many farmers need.

As farming becomes more complex and climate change becomes more of an influence,  farmers may look to technology in more innovative ways. Indeed technology and data can provide insight into the Cranberry Industry and ultimately its survival. The cranberry industry is not the only industry that relies on drones or technology and data.

Technology and Data-Pesticides for Farms.

In Japan, drones are incorporated to help distribute pesticides for its fruit orchards as well as rice paddies. The great aspect of using drones is for it’s access to areas that normal sprayers would not be able to reach. The innovations for drones have to rise to the challenge. What has helped is technology usage has grown has proceeded faster than a previous times from the 1970’s when innovations of farming doubled the number of cereal grains. Once again, technology and data plays an integral role in crop management.

The amount of technology and data information can be important to collect any deficiencies as well as see where their fields are productive. Much of the information is also helpful through GPS coordinates. However, such technology can take time by farmers to accept.

A Little Wine will bring a lot of Technology and Data.

One Oregon farmer bought a Phantom 4 as an experiment and started asking what if with his farm. The farmer decided his Phantom 4 would help scare off birds, monitor bin statistics and assist in row divisions of crops. The Oregonian farmer, a wine producer is more independent on his approach as the wine industry still has not embraced the use of drones yet which is surprising as cameras on drones can provide the necessary technology and data required. However, over all, many in the industry feels that this is still an unproven technology.

“It pays for itself very quickly when you can go from a $30 bottle to a $65 bottle.”

However, crop assistance is not the only other application that drones assist in. Introducing the cattleman’s best friend: Cattle drone.

Cattle Drones-Not your typical Cowboy Tool.

What makes cattle drone farming the most appealing is the eye in the sky aspect. Suppose you are looking for cattle in distress, drones can provide the eye in the sky advantage and thereby make assisting in making inexpensive decisions.


Photo by Keith Mann

Drones are attributed to cattle farming by scaring off wildlife, keeping thieves away as well as keep track where the cattle are located. The GPS tracking would be integral as well as provide the drones with preplanned flight. The end result is that Technology and Data can provide the cattle farmer with real-time information. Perhaps, technology and data will be a strong asset for farmers everywhere. In addition to home on the range, there will be a drone out there protecting the prairie.

by Ben Walford


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