Examples of real applications of Drones

Here are some examples of how the drones revolutionized agriculture, making it more profitable, productive and sustainable.

Case 1

Produce farming with drones

In the state of California, tomato producers are looking to the cloud and drone technology to detect where their crops might be at risk. See the video and understand how the use of drones can really improve agriculture.


Case 2

OCEALIA Group is a French farming cooperative with 7,200 members and nearly 900 employees. Since 2015, five drone operators have been flying the group’s two AIRINOV multiSPEC 4C sensor-equipped SenseFly eBee Ag drones in order to gain valuable fertilization data.


“The drone data is complementary to satellite imagery, which we still use for the general monitoring of our members’ crops throughout the year,” said Romain Coussy, manager of decision support tools at OCEALIA. “However, for providing quick tips on fertilization, the drone is bestadapted to the job. By using the drone for aerial crop scouting, combined with data processing and analysis from AIRINOV, plus our complementary controls, we can provide members with fertilization advice between 48 hours and four days after a flight.”


Since 2015, OCEALIA’s two drones have been used to help over 300 individual farmers, flying over 3,900 ha (9637 ac) of oilseed rape and 3300 ha (8,154 ac) of cereals like wheat, barley and triticale.

“As agronomy experts, our role at AIRINOV is to help OCEALIA’s farmers increase their yields and improve the quality of their crops – mainly cereals and oilseed rape,” said Romain Faroux, CEO and co-founder of AIRINOV. “We do this by analyzing imagery with a strong agronomic approach that goes way further than typical NDVI maps”.
“The OCEALIA farmers who have used our AIRINOV-supported drone service have recorded an average yield increase of 10%, compared to parcels analysed using traditional, non-drone methods,” said Coussy.


“This boost in yield is obviously of great value to OCEALIA’s members,” Faroux said. OCEALIA’s results are a solid, real-world example of how drone data and expert algorithmic analysis can have a real beneficial effect on farmers’ businesses.”

Source: http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160829/big-data-analytics/drones-case-study-tag31-tag99


Drones improve the agriculture

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Now that you realize what drones actually do, understanding already a little bit how they help farmers and solve many problems in the agricultural process, let’s see a little more about what solutions and advantages they brought to farmers.

  • Real-time precision – One of the main advantages of drones is the accuracy with which drones can detect and monitor large areas in real time.
  • Flight frequency and costs – Drones have a great advantage over other monitoring systems, which is that they can make flights much more frequently, at low cost, and throughout the production period.

A drone can get images with higher quality and precision in real time and can fly below the clouds, which a satellite can not do. Besides that, with a satellite it is only possible to get images once a week or once a month.

  • Information and monitoring of crops – The use of drones allows the farmer to have a precise and real-time view of the crop. The raw data collected by drones is translated into information useful to farmers thanks to specific algorithms. Some of the information these images provide are:
    • Plant counting: plant size, plot statistics, stand number, compromised plots, planter skips
    • Plant height: crop height and density
    • Vegetation indices: leaf area, anomaly detection, treatment efficacy, infestations, phenology
    • Water needs

Thus, drones provide to the farmers high-quality aerial images and allows to detect pests, understand the best areas for planting and monitor the development of their crops, from planting to harvesting.

  • Reduces costs and improves efficiency – The use of drones allows reduce equipment and labor costs, allowing to have efficiency gains in the execution of tasks.
  • Improves and helps in farmers’ decision making – Drones, by allowing the farmer to have a better knowledge of their crops in real time, allows the farmer react faster, which can help prevent crop loss and increase the productivity.
  • Increase of sustainability and improvement of strategies – Drone can also help farmers with the use of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides, and even water use, in a way that is based on the need to reduce costs and pollution. In the long run, data provided by drones provide a more detailed picture of how cultures are responding to these strategies, which can lead to more efficient use of limited resources and a strategy that allows reduce costs, pollution and that take into account the resources available.

Benefits of agricultural drones


In this way, what started to be a technology for military use may end up better known as a green-technology tool that allows the improvement of the agriculture industry, providing better products, with less chemical substances, less pollution and with more sustainability.