Here’s the latest of our DroneCon 2014 recap vids: Daniel McKinnon on UAVs in agriculture.
Here’s his abstract:
The technology community has embraced UAVs as the solution to all of agriculture’s problems and inefficiencies. Drone-collected images can theoretically lead to reduced fertilizer, water, and chemical application; increased yields; reduced uncertainty; and ultimately increased profits for the farmers. However, while many of these hypotheses may be true, the advanced data currently being collected by drones is far ahead of the adoption of the precision agriculture technologies that enable farmers to act on the data. Through working with farmers and agronomists over the last 18 months, Agribotix has identified the types of data farmers are interested in and a number of different applications for UAV-collected imagery that any farmer can use immediately without strongly deviating from a standard workflow.