Agriculture Drone Spraying

The aerodynamic design of our UAV with the integration of CDA (Controlled Droplet Application) Nozzles had been certified by the University of Queensland provides excellent results, eliminating spray drift while providing excellent results accelerating the spray, increasing its reach, and helping chemical to penetrate through a crop.

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The Growing Need for Drone Spraying in Australia

Australia has been demonstrating increasing demand for unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs for the past few years, especially during the cropping season. Farmers are now relying on technology from other countries to combat the worsening water preservation and chemical use problem. Several methods have been tried, but aerial spraying solutions stood out from the rest.

Autonomous Agriculture Drone Spraying

Agricultural farmland in Australia was reported at 46.66% back in 2018. That’s almost half of the country owned by farmers and grazers. Factoring in the number of labourers needed to sow these areas will amount to hours of work and resources that may or may not be returned in the form of crop sales. Just the task of caring for hard to access areas will take more resources than working on easy terrain. That’s why several farmers in the area have welcomed aerial spraying. The efficiency and the impact on crop output is enough reason to consider making the switch.

A Response to the Bushfire Crisis in Australia (2019-2020)

Record-breaking temperatures and long periods of drought triggered a series of massive bushfires across the country. Farmers from all over are trying to speed up their recovery and hoping to turn it into a bountiful harvest. Some have been successful and were able to accomplish this with crop spraying drone use in addition to improving weather conditions.

Current Adaptation of Aerial Spraying Solutions (2020-Present)

Aside from aerial spraying, seeding, watering, and surveying, agricultural drones are now being used for treatment of weeds, pests, and even crop diseases. Using UAVs allows more control over damage and infection prevention. Traditional spray rigs spray wide crop areas even if a single plant is found unhealthy. Drones can spot the problem areas and isolate spraying to a specific section only.

Benefits

Chemical and Water Waste Reduction

Some fully advanced and autonomous drones are capable of treating an individual plant without damage to nearby crops. This doesn’t just minimise the risk of overdose in other greeneries, but it also reduces the amount of water, fertiliser, or pesticide used.

Drift Elimination

In farming, drift refers to the airborne movement of pesticides or liquid fertilisers from the application area to any unintended site. With the right calibration methods, droplets from drones can be broken down into tiny particles that can reach even the lower parts of the plants instead of transferring to nearby plants.

Terrain Discrimination

Some fully advanced and autonomous drones are capable of treating an individual plant without damage to nearby crops. This doesn’t just minimise the risk of overdose in other greeneries, but it also reduces the amount of water, fertiliser, or pesticide used.

Multifunctionality

Modular drones provide operational benefits depending on a farmer’s specific needs. Parts can be switched out to perform several functions using the same drone, which makes them a worthy investment.

The key to achieving the crop output you want is to be meticulous with the UAV you’ll purchase. Learn about the standard functionalities and the best kits that will work with your farming needs. As drone technology further improves, more options will be available. Until then, you just have to ensure that you’re buying one that’s the most advantageous for you and your crops.

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The Australian agriculture industry is associated with many challenges: unpredictable weather patterns, crop disease, irrigation issues, and pest control. Adding complexity to this, traditional methods of evaluating and managing farm environments can be highly complex, time-consuming, and labor-intensive.

 

Drone Spraying is an extremely cost-effective solution for aerial application of chemicals, the manoeuvrability of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) allows our pilot to service isolated or difficult access areas and sites which require rehabilitation and/or stabilisation. Combined with Aerial Survey, our drones can be utilised to service broadacre or specific areas where treatment is necessary, by liquid or granular form.

 

Intelligent flight control with the assistant of the onboard technology and RTK allows the UAV to achieve unimaginable precision, and maintain accurate height above the vegetation. Spray density is maintained even as the canopy rises and falls so that the pre-set amount of appliance is applied at all times.

Faster Application

Intelligent

Precision

Cost Reduction

  • Proven to be faster than traditional methods in spray applications 

  • Intelligent control that records the status of the service to ensure precision application for every project.

  • Precise navigation at centimetre-level 
    Micron level droplets are pushed and flung out from the rotary spraying disc to evenly adhere to the surface of crops. Droplets are enhanced by optimized downdraft from the system’s propellers, as such a mechanism reduces drifting significantly.

  • Cover larger areas in less time reducing labour, time costs and chemical usage
    Utilising the rotary atomising spraying system, the drones secures farm produce quality while protecting the environment by reducing 30% of pesticide use and 90% of water waste.

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