Although drones are at this moment used by the retail sector in a specific commercial way, in short time agriculture will make the most intensive use of the technology. Unmanned aircraft technology is perfectly suited for large-scale farms and rural areas, where questions about privacy and security are less pressing.
At the moment unmanned aircraft systems are already used in agriculture with cameras to monitor the harvest, possible diseases and organize a precise irrigation. Farmers say the unmanned aircraft could represent a real revolution in protecting the health of crops, improve the management of agricultural land, reduce costs and increase the harvest. There are also opportunities seen in chasing away birds to protect crops, to pollinate trees, snow research to predict the water supply and monitoring of irrigation.
With these technologies, according to the experts, it will also be possible to deploy pesticides or fertilizers to put in a more focused manner, allowing smaller stocks of chemicals. That means, they say, not only significant cost savings for the agricultural sector, but also a much lower carbon footprint.