An agricultural drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle used to help optimize agriculture operations, increase crop production, and monitor crop growth. Sensors and digital imaging capabilities can give farmers a richer picture of their fields. Using an agriculture drone and gathering information from it may prove useful in improving crop yields and farm efficiency. Agricultural drones let farmers see their fields from the sky. This bird's-eye view can reveal many issues such as irrigation problems, soil variation, and pest and fungal infestations. Multispectral images show a near-infrared view as well as a visual spectrum view. The combination shows the farmer the differences between healthy and unhealthy plants, a difference not always clearly visible to the naked eye. Thus, these views can assist in assessing crop growth and production. Additionally, the drone can survey the crops for the farmer periodically to their liking. Weekly, daily, or even hourly, pictures can show the changes in the crops over time, thus showing possible “trouble spots”. Having identified these trouble spots, the farmer can attempt to improve crop management and production.
As drones entered use in agriculture, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) encouraged farmers to use this new technology to monitor their fields. However, with the unexpected boom of agricultural drones, the FAA quickly retracted such encouragement, pending new rules and regulations. With incidents such as drones crashing into crop dusters, it was vital for the FAA and the AFBF (American Farm Bureau Federation) to agree on regulations that would allow the beneficial use of such drones in a safe and efficient manner. Although the American Farm Bureau Federation would like small adjustments to some of the restrictions that have been implemented, they are happy that the agricultural industry can actually use this new machinery without the worry of facing any legal issues.
Agricultural drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle, which can be used by farmers to increase crop production and monitor crop growth. This drone is equipped with advanced sensors and digital imaging capabilities, which allow farmers to spectate the field with a bird’s eye view and eliminate issues such as pest and fungal infestations, irrigation problems, variations within soil, and others.
Rise in awareness about precision farming and the need to increase yield are the major drivers of the global agricultural drone market. Moreover, increase in demand for food throughout the globe has supplemented the growth of the market. However, technical defects and the possibility of drones crashing into crops act as the restraints of this market. On the contrary, the global agricultural drone market is still in its nascent stage, however, breakthroughs in drone technology are expected to fuel the market growth in the near future.
The global agricultural drone market is segmented based on type, application, and region. On the basis of type, the market is categorized into fixed-wing drones, multi-rotor drones, and hybrid drones. By application, it is segregated into spraying, field mapping, scouting, and others. Region wise, it is analysed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.Some of the major players operating in the global agricultural drone market analyzed in this report are AgEagle Aerial Systems, Agribotix LLC, HoneyComb Corporation, GoPro, Inc., Dow Jones Industrial Average, Parrot SA, PrecisionHawk, Sentera, LLC, Delair Tech SAS, Insitu Pacific Pty. Ltd., and Drone AG.