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Drones Safeguarding Your Food: Future Farming Worldwide

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by: Sharai Hoekema
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Most of us will associate drones with all kinds of cool, sophisticated applications. During big sporting events, we see them circling the stadiums and tracks; while they have also infiltrated our music festivals, beaches and tourist attractions. The cool little remotely flown devices are used by architects to get sweeping views of an area or skyscraper, while the army and intelligence agencies rely on them for reliable and low-risk intel.

However, this grandeur of imaginative applications does not limit the possibilities. Quite the contrary, the autonomously flying choppers can be employed for situations that do not translate to the big screen as well. Such as saving the environment and communities from the adverse effects of climate change.

What can drones be used for?

Drones are generally described as being able to gather and analyse information about geography, infrastructure, assets, buildings, the environment and events in a quick and effective way. The availability of such - literally - high level insights can greatly improve business insights as well as general awareness of the event or object in question. 

As such, they can also be used for improving and increasing awareness of environmental issues as well. One of these innovative uses is in agriculture, where drones are used to keep track of food supplies. The benefits of those unmanned aerial vehicles include their ease of transportation (small and easy to take with you), real-time images and/or results (for example through a camera or sensor attached to the drone), and relatively low costs (drones can sell for under 100 €). 

Why agriculture?

Especially for farmers who own huge plots of land, it is crucial to keep a close eye on the state of the planted crops. Or, so to speak, get the bird’s eye view over the fields. This is where drones come in handy, as they are able to both cover a large area through their long-range capabilities, as well as perform precision farming jobs, through a close management of crops and spotting of potential dangers, such as diseases, insect infestations and extreme weather. 

At the same time, drones can be equipped with special containers and deployment mechanisms, that allows them to perform standard jobs such as pesticide deployment in lieu of the farmer. So, it is not only an extra eye for the farmer, but also an extra pair of hands when it comes to working on the land.

Importance of 'fair' food

Not only do drones in agriculture benefit the farmer, they will also help in realising a more transparant and honest food chain, along with fair information for consumers. Through drones, a map can be made of the origin of certain food products, that can be registered and tracked throughout the season. 

This includes taking note of the exact origins of a certain product (which is very important for modern consumers) and providing an overview of if and when it has been treated with certain pesticides or particular fertilisation methods. Consumers can be provided with actual proof that a certain food adheres to set quality and sustainability standards. 

Not only something that is useful for the consumer, though: as it has the ability to trace back items that are somehow faulty, which will allow for a quicker intervening if something is amiss, preventing the potential (preventive) destruction of many more crops or products. All of this adds to the mission of agricultural companies to be more sustainable and durable in their operations, all the while producing safe and fair food in a more efficient manner.

Big business of agricultural droning

The commercial and desirable values of producing more sustainable and fair products are not the only consideration in the agricultural field. There are many more reasons why drones could improve the day-to-day business, as well as provide value for other chain partners. The current land use can be kept track of, as well as information on plants and crops. This allows for a more sustainable way of farming the available lands, without (unintentionally) maltreating and exploiting the environment. 

Similarly, the data on land use and state of plants of crops that is obtained by drones can be compiled and used to generate actual insights and recommendations. Knowing what has worked or what has not worked in the past, and analysing trends in the business and in the industry, is key in coming up with an actionable and effective strategy. This information is used for a variety of applications, including plantation management, agricultural experimentation and seed production, crop monitoring, and product traceability.

Moving to drone-only farming?

The image of our lands being farmed by drones alone, that are actively monitoring, detecting and treating crops accordingly, sure is a compelling one. Farmers would turn into active managers and supervisors, sitting in a room filled with TV-screens showing live footage and graphics instead of knee-deep in the mud. 

Will it ever get this far? Maybe, for agriculture businesses that own vast plots of land and are suffering from the current lack of personnel. And, provided that it leads to more sustainable farming and fair and safe products, it is perhaps even the desirable future.

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Drones Safeguarding Your Food: Future Farming Worldwide

Most of us will associate  drones with all kinds of cool, sophisticated applications. During big sporting events, we see them circling the stadiums and tracks; while they have also infiltrated our music festivals, beaches and tourist attractions. The cool little remotely flown devices are used by architects to get sweeping views of an area or skyscraper, while the army and intelligence agencies rely on them for reliable and low-risk intel. However, this grandeur of imaginative applications does not limit the possibilities. Quite the contrary, the autonomously flying choppers can be employed for situations that do not translate to the big screen as well. Such as saving the environment and communities from the adverse effects of climate change. What can drones be used for? Drones are generally described as being able to gather and analyse information about geography, infrastructure, assets, buildings, the environment and events in a quick and effective way. The availability of such - literally - high level insights can greatly improve business insights as well as general awareness of the event or object in question.   As such, they can also be used for improving and increasing awareness of environmental issues as well. One of these innovative uses is in agriculture, where drones are used to keep track of food supplies. The benefits of those unmanned aerial vehicles include their ease of transportation (small and easy to take with you), real-time images and/or results (for example through a camera or sensor attached to the drone), and relatively low costs (drones can sell for under 100 €).   Why agriculture ? Especially for farmers who own huge plots of land, it is crucial to keep a close eye on the state of the planted crops. Or, so to speak, get the bird’s eye view over the fields. This is where drones come in handy, as they are able to both cover a large area through their long-range capabilities, as well as perform precision farming jobs, through a close management of crops and spotting of potential dangers, such as diseases, insect infestations and extreme weather.   At the same time, drones can be equipped with special containers and deployment mechanisms, that allows them to perform standard jobs such as pesticide deployment in lieu of the farmer. So, it is not only an extra eye for the farmer, but also an extra pair of hands when it comes to working on the land. Importance of 'fair' food Not only do drones in agriculture benefit the farmer, they will also help in realising a more transparant and honest food chain, along with fair information for consumers. Through drones, a map can be made of the origin of certain food products, that can be registered and tracked throughout the season.   This includes taking note of the exact origins of a certain product (which is very important for modern consumers) and providing an overview of if and when it has been treated with certain pesticides or particular fertilisation methods. Consumers can be provided with actual proof that a certain food adheres to set quality and sustainability standards.   Not only something that is useful for the consumer, though: as it has the ability to trace back items that are somehow faulty, which will allow for a quicker intervening if something is amiss, preventing the potential (preventive) destruction of many more crops or products. All of this adds to the mission of agricultural companies to be more sustainable and durable in their operations, all the while producing safe and fair  food in a more efficient manner. Big business of agricultural droning The commercial and desirable values of producing more sustainable and fair products are not the only consideration in the agricultural field. There are many more reasons why drones could improve the day-to-day business, as well as provide value for other chain partners. The current land use can be kept track of, as well as information on plants and crops. This allows for a more sustainable way of farming the available lands, without (unintentionally) maltreating and exploiting the environment.   Similarly, the data on land use and state of plants of crops that is obtained by drones can be compiled and used to generate actual insights and recommendations. Knowing what has worked or what has not worked in the past, and analysing trends in the business and in the industry, is key in coming up with an actionable and effective strategy. This information is used for a variety of applications, including plantation management, agricultural experimentation and seed production, crop monitoring, and product traceability. Moving to drone-only farming? The image of our lands being farmed by drones alone, that are actively monitoring, detecting and treating crops accordingly, sure is a compelling one. Farmers would turn into active managers and supervisors, sitting in a room filled with TV-screens showing live footage and graphics instead of knee-deep in the mud.   Will it ever get this far? Maybe, for  agriculture businesses that own vast plots of land and are suffering from the current lack of personnel. And, provided that it leads to more sustainable farming and fair and safe products, it is perhaps even the desirable future. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/gardening---agriculture/general