Tiny Drone Swarms: Coming to a Farm Near You

January 22, 2015 07:00 PM
Tiny Drone Swarms: Coming to a Farm Near You

The future of agriculture likely will include swarms of tiny drones performing in-field tasks once done by large machines. That’s the assessment of David Hunt, with Ireland-based Agrilarity, who spoke during the 2015 Top Producer Seminar.

He points to an announcement two weeks ago that Intel has created a chip that enables drones to avoid obstacles. Hunt acknowledges he didn’t expect that advancement to happen so quickly.

Meanwhile, drones also are capable of flying themselves and have become increasingly less expensive. For example, a drone in 2008 cost $700 and couldn’t be sized to the small level of today’s machines. Today, a $700 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can get from point to point on its own and be equipped with a camera.

(Click here to view a copy of Hunt’s complete presentation.)

Beyond drones, more disruptive technology is likely on the farm, driven by sensors, Hunt explains.

“Why is it so important to digitize agriculture? First you digitize, then you analyze, then you automate.” 

By automating specific farm tasks, producers can focus on other projects of the greatest interest to them.

To read more news and find additional information on the Top Producer Seminar or Tomorrow’s Top Producer events, visit www.TopProducerSeminar.com.


Thank you to the 2015 Top Producer Seminar sponsors:

Premier Sponsors: Advance Trading, Apache Sprayers, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Cargill, Case IH, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, ESN, Farmers Business Network, Firestone, John Deere, New Holland, Top Third Ag Marketing, Verdesian

Co-Sponsors: CliftonLarsonAllen, Conservis, The Gulke Group, K-Coe Isom, Soybean Premiums, Wyffels Hybrids

Supporting Sponsors: FarmLink

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