KQED in California covers the emergence of agricultural drone technology and how it is being used to save water on farms during California’s historic drought.
Farmers represent a growing share of the market for drones. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group that represents drone producers, predicts farms will eventually account for 80 percent of the commercial drone market. And in California, some farmers are looking at the technology as a way to save water during the drought.
The article highlights HoneyComb’s commitment to developing a system for farming that can operate under rugged conditions, and produce the data that growers need.
“We designed this for farming,” Faus says. “That’s why it’s called HoneyComb. This is your worker bee out over your fields scanning your crops.” … “Our motto is we want it to be the tractor of the sky. We want it to be reliable and rugged.”
Attendees at the demonstration also highlighted the practicality of the AgDrone System™ and how it is able to scout much more efficiently than someone on foot or riding an ATV.
A drone can cover a thousand acres in an hour-long flight. Zach says it would take a farmworker more than a week to drive up and down the same orchards in an all-terrain vehicle, looking for chewed irrigation lines.
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