Technology editor Ben Potter brings you the latest in technology news, and how you can apply it to farming.
Drones Will Transform These 6 Industries
Apr 28, 2014
Kiplinger’s, a business and finance industry, just wrote about six industries that will be heavily affected by the emerging technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones. As you probably guessed, agriculture made the list. Here are the six: movie making, agriculture, news media, real estate sales, surveying land and home delivery.
That sounds about right. Drones will be useful anywhere a bird’s eye view will lend new perspective. Currently, farmers are testing smaller models on their farm, but the opportunity is ripe for larger models to enter the market as well.
That’s because the larger the model, the larger the payload it could potentially carry. Today’s models are just big enough to carry batteries and a camera. Kiplinger’s mentions companies such as Colorado-based Scion UAS, which is developing a model that is about 7 feet tall and 19 feet long called the SA-400 Jackal. The Jackal can carry a 200-lb payload and stay in the air for about four hours.
It’s easy to imagine retailers or even individual farmers developing autonomous spray programs in the future using this type of technology. Time will tell, of course – there are numerous safety and legal concerns that still need to be sorted out, especially when flying larger models.
What are some unique ways you could envision using a drone on your operation?
Drones can carry a small camera or other payload of varying weight, depending on the craft's overall size.