Drone Technology And Its Role In Sustainable Agriculture
Steve Maxwell - Vancouver, BC
Nowadays, people are more in tune with what they consume and where it comes from. This has prompted a farm to fork movement, where farmers and agronomists are tasked with improving their resource management and production to satisfy the consumer's demands.
With sustainable practices being expected in every sector, many farmers are being asked to digitize their agricultural process with the help of drones. Here’s how drone technology is set to serve farmers and their crops better.
Effective Crop Monitoring
Crop monitoring is a crucial practice that helps farmers and agronomists better understand crop placement and how to facilitate improvements for better results. While doing it manually is tedious and leaves room for human error, these troubles are sidelined with the use of drone technology.
Through drone crop monitoring, crops can be traced from the moment they are planted to the time they reach the vendor through GPS locations, making every point of the journey transparent. The monitoring also helps evaluate any additional steps needed, such as the use of ditches or the type of fertilizers in the crops. The drone data gives a head start to farmers to help them accurately plan their practices.
Detailed Monitoring of Farmland
A lot of factors play into creating plentiful crops for harvest. Everything from the area to the slope and elevation of a farmland plays into the end result. And with drone technology, farmers get a better understanding of their farmland.
With information about the slope and elevation of their farmland, farmers can opt for suitable seeding prescriptions that would yield the best crops. The technology can also help them understand plant emergence patterns that make decisions taken during replanting more precisely and further improve crop models.
Traditional data collection methods are time-consuming and prone to human errors, which can significantly set back agricultural professionals in their data evaluation. However, drone technology yields high-resolution data.
The efficient data collection helps for more accurate evaluation through which wastage can be reduced, fertilizer types can be updated, and irrigation systems can also be planned. It’s also ideal for natural disasters as the data helps farmers assess the damage.
Steve Maxwell from Vancouver, BC, is the founder of Maxwell Capital and is also a firm believer and supporter of the technological advancements in agriculture through drones. With over 20 years of experience, Steve Maxwell hopes to create environmentally conscious startups through Maxwell Capital. Get in touch with his team at (780) 851-1709 for more information for your venture.