India is one of the major players in the agriculture sector worldwide and is considered a primary source of livelihood for 55% of India’s population. Being one of the important sectors, still farmers use old and traditional farming techniques that hinder productivity. Farmers face an array of challenges that need to be addressed by integrating with modern technology and acting as a transformative solution by offering real-time insights.
In recent years, precision farming has gained acceptance in the agriculture industry due to its powerful data-driven insights that help in overcoming the challenges faced by farmers who used to follow traditional ways of farming.
Precision agriculture is a modern farming approach that has opened doors of efficiency and productivity by leveraging technology to improve farming methods.
Let’s see how drone adoption can enhance precision farming practices and leverage productivity-
Facilitates Detecting Irrigation Efficiencies Through Aerial Surveillance
Crops heavily depend on irrigation, and farmers need to plan it to ensure the proper health of crops. Drones, with their powerful image-capturing capabilities, help to analyze areas that are subject to irrigation inefficiencies. Through aerial surveillance and its captivating images, it gives an idea of the areas that require uniform water coverage.
Reduces Labor Requirements and Offers Better Farm Security
Drones equipped with sensors can monitor the entire farm easily and capture high-resolution images of the field. This makes security easy and reduces the need for labor to monitor farms manually to protect them from damage from wildlife, or any other on-field irregularity. This adoption signifies the shift toward precision farming to enhance field monitoring and optimize agriculture practices.
Optimize Crop Yields
With traditional ways of monitoring, crop evaluation was done manually from a tractor or with costly satellite technology, while drones allow one to have a view of the crop from the skies in a fraction of the time. For instance, with time-lapse drone images, farmers can view the development stages of crops, monitor environmental changes and their effects on crops, identify nutrition deficiencies, and take precautionary measures accordingly.
Saves Time by Drone Crop Spraying
Crop-spraying drones are not just a technology to boost yields but also an effective way to cut costs and save time. It uses GPS technology to find infected areas that need to be sprayed with pesticides in real time as soon as the images are captured. Furthermore, drones are completely indifferent to muddy fields, which enables early fungicidal treatment by easy spraying.
Helps in Quicker Soil Inspection
In conventional soil inspection, farmers use to inspect fields manually with the use of equipment and through soil sampling. However, with the drone application, farmers can monitor soil conditions and plant density. This information helps in analyzing the potential area to plant crops, all this is done with the application of multispectral soil quality maps.
Farmers need to maintain acres of farmland and have enormous work to look for from crop health, and monitoring soil conditions, to maintaining farm security. With the adoption of precision and modern farming techniques, farmers can be liberated as drones can cover large areas of farms and can give real-time data regarding crops and soil conditions.
The agriculture industry is experiencing a revolutionizing change by adopting precision farming technology enabling farmers to get real-time data insight about the field to make data-driven and informed decisions.
We at Canopus Infosystems understand that the integration of data-driven insights into the farm will optimize the use of fertilizers, and pesticides, improve crop health, and will ultimately save costs. Furthermore, it will help in spotting temperature changes and degrees of moisture with multispectral sensors.
We will ensure that our drone software development solutions integrated with cloud-based logging and analytics will help you have better data insights.
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