1. DRONEs IN THE FIELD
submitted by - Rohan Chandra
BCA 3rd Sem
2. Drones are the future of farming. With greater
reﬁnements in drone technology and implementation we
will see the agricultural drone sector take oﬀ. According to
Global Markets Insights, Inc. the Agriculture Drones
Market will be valued at $1 billion by 2024.
3. TOP DRONE MANUFACTURED EVALUATED THE DRONE
AGRICULTURAL MARKET AT $75 MILLION DURING THE
LAUNCH OF THEIR FIRST AGRICULTURE DRONE IN 2016.
4. ♙RE F♙RMERS ♙
CTU♙LLY USING DRONES?
are using drones by
themselves or through
a third party provider
out of 1,094 farmers polled
are considering using drones
Yes, will operate myself
Yes, third party will operate
6. HOW ARE DRONES BEING USED FOR AGRICULTURE?
Drones equipped with near infrared camera sensors allow the drone to see the
spectrum of light that plants use to absorb light for photosynthesis. From this
information, using the normalized diﬀerence vegetation index (NDVI) farmers can
understand plant health. Software analysis can be used to change values in order to
reﬂect the speciﬁc crop type and even in which stage of life a speciﬁc crop is in. In
addition to crop health, drones can create detailed GPS maps of the crop ﬁeld area.
This allows farmers to better plan where crops are being planted to maximize land,
water, and fertilizer usage.
7. Crop Dusting/Spraying
To maintain yields, crops require proper fertilization and pesticide
application. Manually driving a vehicle through the ﬁelds to spray or
crop dust by manned airplane to spray are methods of the past.
Crop spraying drones can carry large liquid storage reservoirs, can
be operated more safely (even autonomously), and can be operated
and maintained at a fraction of the cost compared to crop dusters.
8. Irrigation Management
Drones equipped with thermal cameras can provide excellent insight
into irrigation by highlighting areas that have pooling water or
insuﬃcient soil moisture. These issues can severely aﬀect crop yields
and quality. Thermal drones give farmers a better way to understand
their ﬁelds through more frequent inspections and surveying.
9. Drones with thermal imaging cameras allow a single remote pilot
in command to monitor livestock. The operator can check in on
the heard to see if there are any injured, missing, or birthing
animals. Drones give livestock farmers a new way to keep an eye
on their livestock at all times, resulting greater proﬁts.
10. The Beneﬁts of Drones in Farming
Improve production, eﬃciency, and get higher yields by
identifying problems before they happen with increased
crop health awareness and frequency.
11. Drones can be set up and deployed quickly. This ease of
use allows farmers to gain information routinely or
whenever they need it.
12. Plan for the Future
Generate precision orthomosaic maps for better crop
planning and land management.
DJI AGRAS MG-1S
PHANTOM 4 PRO
DELUXE NDVI AG KIT
• Ground sensing radar for
• Interchangeable nozzles for
• Easy and intelligent operation planning
• Rugged design and components
• An easily integrated crop health
sensor for consumer drones
• Capture NIR imagery to monitor
• Access all of Sentera’s
• A ﬂight platform designed with
customizability in mind
• Carry multiple camera sensors and
• Micasense is a full spectral band
sensor for even greater crop
15. AGRICULTURE SENSOR AND SOFTWARE
Micasense with Atlas
•Produce chlorophyll and weed
• Track data over time to monitor
yearly yield changes
• Produce digital surface models (DSM)
•Identify disease and highlight
Sentera with FieldAgent
•Export maps to John Deere
• Process sensor data and gain NDVI
and NDRE insights
• Generate orthomosaic maps
•Autonomously ﬂy your drone within
a selected area
DJI Zenmuse XT with DroneDeploy
• Easy integration with Skymatics, Aglytix,
and John Deere agriculture management software
•Identify crop stress, track fertilizer application,
and discover disease earlier
• Monitor crop treatments and trends over time
• Track livestock and analyze grazing patterns
16. Maximize yields and minimize costs through better
analytics, data management, crop spraying and
autonomous ﬂight capabilities.