Are Mapping Drones the Answer to Sustainable Agriculture?
The modern farming industry faces many challenges. Increasing demands in food production and consumption mean the world supply is reaching new heights, despite consistently low commodity prices. The advent of conscientious shopping has also emphasized the need for farmers and agronomists to improve product traceability while trying to reduce costs and optimize resource management.
Climate change adds an additional layer of complexity and is expected to impact the already strained agriculture industry. Fluctuations in climate conditions make protecting the security of the supply chain more difficult, and the effects of climate change could result in losses to agriculture of up to 16 percent by 2050 across Europe.
To overcome these challenges, agriculture professionals are looking to technology, such as drone mapping for agriculture, to enhance their sustainability and evolve the industry.
How can mapping drones help sustain agriculture?
Working ‘smarter’ is one option. The UK’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU), for example, advocates the introduction of a range of measures to improve land management, increase farming efficiencies, and boost the wider bioeconomy. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are leading the way in precision farming, enabling yield and crops within fields to be accurately mapped and monitored.
UAVs offer farmers access to robust and reliable data, which gives them the insights they need and additional flexibility to improve their operations, such as adjusting fertilizer prescriptions or identifying crop diseases before they wreak havoc on a farmer’s bottom line.
And while vast areas of farmland and fields have traditionally proven difficult to map, drones, specifically fixed-wing drones, help overcome this challenge by helping agriculture professionals quickly monitor and map large areas thanks to their extended flight times.
By using UAVs – farmers and other agriculture professionals gain the insights they need to make insightful and informed choices.
Mapping drones help agriculture professionals overcome modern challenges
The potential for UAVs in improving sustainable agriculture cannot be understated. Mapping drones have already started to be recognized as a viable alternative to traditional methods, such as ground mapping. Agriculture professionals are increasingly turning to drones to help guide decision-making, save valuable resources and boost farm productivity.
Benjamin Pinguet, Product and Solution Manager at senseFly, recently outlined the opportunity for drones to improve sustainability measures in agriculture. This includes the best software to complement usage, relevant regulations and ways it can streamline global workflows.
Read the full article from Benjamin in PrecisionAg.
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