Among the industries drones are impacting, one of the most promising is Agriculture. Using drones for precision agriculture provides highly reliable field and crop data by analyzing the data obtained from aerial imagery. UAVs are facilitating soil & field analysis, crop spraying, and irrigation. 2D & 3D maps allow for early soil and crop analysis, creating actionable data for farmers to utilize to make field improvements. Additionally, specialized data such as multispectral and NDVI imaging offer the ability to identify things that are not visible to the human eye such as plant stress and soil health. Furthermore, utilizing aerial thermal mapping allows fields to be inspected so areas that are dry or need improvement can be identified.
Drone data analysis gives farmers and agronomists a cost-effective, efficient way to count plants, assess crop damage, detect parasites and fungi, and plan drainage and irrigation repair.
"PwC’s global report on the commercial UAS industry estimates that the market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture is $32.4 billion”
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