Today, farmers mainly monitor their crops by walking the fields or by using manned aerial vehicles.
These methods are time-proven, but they can also be slow, incomplete and at times, unreliable. However, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, can use advanced technology to quickly and effectively monitor all aspects of an agricultural property.
Drones can be outfitted with a variety of cameras and imaging sensors that can provide farmers with information about their fields. Farmers can then use this data to identify watering issues, tailor the use of pesticides and fertilizer, track cattle and assess crop yields.
The demand for drones in the agriculture industry is expected to grow dramatically. A report released by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International believes that drones will have an $80 billion economic impact in the next decade, with the agriculture industry providing the largest share of that growth.
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