Using Drones for crop surveillance can dramatically increase crop quality and over all yields. There's a lot of potential for drone use in agriculture today using Drones to do flyovers, using attached cameras to check on crop progress. Drones enabling farmers to look straight down on their field, they can determine if there was a mechanical problem with the planting process, see if parts of the field have a different soil type and perhaps finding wet areas that need tile drainage or other forms of irrigation control.
While drone technology is still on the verge of transforming agriculture by helping farmers oversee millions of acres of their crops, it also has the potential to create a new form of special delivery industry of medicines or other time sensitive items needed in rural areas miles from doctors, pharmacies or food stores, especially in winters with impassable farming and rural roads.
The Agriculture Industry sectors that will use drones are;
1. Crowing management imagery of crops and fields no matter the size or scale
2. Inspection of water irrigation and runoff
3. Inspection of crops and fields soil quality
Since most agriculture operations span large distances and are free of privacy and safety concerns that halt the use of drones in heavily populated areas, FAA rules have restricted their civilian use to 333 Exemption approved flights only. Once wide spread commercial regulations are in place, the sky's the limit for farmers and agriculture. In fact, UAVSA, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Systems Association, the association that represents hundreds of members of commercial operators, drone designers, engineers, manufacturers and all users of drones and aerial robotic equipment, predicts that 45 percent of the commercial market for drones will be for agricultural uses.