XAG AGRICULTURE Service
What to Expect from XAG Australia Regarding a Drone for Farming
We’ve been developing agriculture technology that simplifies the process for farmers all around Australia. Presently, we supply a few options that contain various features to assist you, depending on your farming requirements.
The P10 is the light and portable version of UAS, which is small but efficient. It’s capable of precision spraying, and you can use it on all types of terrain. This little genius can detect obstacles within a five-centimetre radius and avoids it, even at night. It’s fully autonomous, and you can operate it manually.
Naturally, the P20 has enhanced capabilities, and we’ve tested it over three million hectares and 50 different types of crops. It’s fully autonomous and has longer endurance with better topographic adaptability. This drone consists of carbon fibre and aluminium alloy, which contributes to its structural strength. The power bank allows you to charge two batteries at once, which decreases your reliance on an in-field generator and as a result, minimises costs.
The P30 is the ultimate drone for plant protection. It can spray micron level droplets out from the rotary spraying disc to evenly spread onto crops. As a result, you can adjust the fineness of the mist or the size of the droplets. Thanks to the flight speed and spray flow, the P30 is incredibly efficient, reaching up to 14 hectares per hour which equates to a hundred manual labourers doing the same work. One person can operate five un-piloted aerial systems to increase your efficiency. This model has a smart liquid tank that is connected via Bluetooth to display the amount of fluid available in real-time and accurately calculates the flow without a flow meter.
You can set the spraying parameters in the app and watch as the drone maps out your instructions regardless of the type of terrain.
Things to Consider Before Choosing Drones in Agriculture in Australia
It’s relatively easy to get access to a farm drone, and they’re generally inexpensive. Before you decide to transform your farm into a modern, techno-farm, you should carefully consider various factors.
You have to understand the reasons why you’re acquiring a drone. These farm drones have several functions that include crop surveying, planting seeds, spraying and livestock monitoring. You must identify the core function of your farm drone. Furthermore, it’s advisable to consult a lawyer to address the legal aspects of handling a drone in a commercial setting. Find out what type of drones you can legally fly in your area. It’s wise to study the drone’s safety instructions, so you’re aware of how to control the device.
After you’ve established the core function of your drone, you must decide on the hardware to support its primary duties. If you only want to monitor the condition of your crops and fields, then you need to attach a high-quality infrared camera, or if you’d prefer the drone to spray pesticide and fertiliser, you’d need to ensure it has the required capacity. Naturally, the software you select is critical to support the hardware. After the drone collects data, it processes it through a software program. Furthermore, it’s highly likely you require software for navigation, organised flight paths, mapping and images.
There are several types of drones available, but not all of them are suitable for agriculture. The fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones are ideal for farming as their payload capacities, and costs are similar. Fixed-wing drones can take on long flights and are crash tolerant. Multi-rotor drones are faster to set-up and capable of taking off and landing vertically. They fly more precisely, which is ideal for a farmer who’s beginning their adventure with agricultural drones.
Benefits of Using Agricultural Drones in Australia
All those movies in the 70s and 80s weren’t far off in their predictions of the future. There’s no doubt that technology has helped advance several industries and automated various processes. Drones or crewless aerial systems have existed for decades, but their primary duties were different from what it is today. The age of technology has led to the development of a drone for agriculture use, where farmers can gather critical data on crop health and make decisions based on the information they retrieve from the drone. Some of the advantages of embracing an agriculture UAS is reaping a better harvest, using resources efficiently and effectively and ultimately increasing profits while decreasing starvation.
Traditional methods of surveying the land included viewing satellite images from afar or hiring a crewed aircraft to get a clearer picture of the crops. Using an AG drone allows you to get closer and retrieve information of unmatched quality and accuracy. The sensors on a drone coupled with high-quality cameras, produce high-resolution images that are critical for the effective management of crops. Furthermore, an Agri drone can hover at low altitudes to capture a clearer image.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for farmers was spreading fertiliser, water and pesticides evenly on the crops to ensure consistent growth. This chore is where the drone for agriculture spraying is highly beneficial. The drone carries the fertilising liquid or pesticides as a payload and sprays it uniformly over the crops according to the controller’s instructions. You could also program the drone to take a predetermined path to ensure all your crops receive the ideal amount of water, fertiliser and pesticide. Using the drone to handle the spraying aspect of farming is only a glimpse into its abilities.
Climate change has negatively impacted farmers around the world. Extreme weather conditions are a reality that farmers have to deal with to ensure crops keep growing, and there’s always a harvest. Farmers find it difficult to predict weather patterns, and drought, floods and storms are a hindrance to productivity. Employing the use of a farming drone combines efficiency with sustainability. For areas that experience severe drought, a drone can identify which crops require water urgently, and you can use those resources carefully without wasting. Drones can estimate crop loss after the effects of a storm which in turn speeds up the recovery process.
Additionally, farm drones allow you to save money that you’d usually spend on hiring a manned aircraft or fuelling up the tractor to head into the field. It also provides results at a fraction of the time so you can spend your hours thinking of other innovations to increase your production.
The Agricultural Drone has Revolutionised Farming
According to the United Nations and their 2030 agenda, one of the 45 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to eradicate world hunger by 2030. Presently, 821 million people suffer from starvation around the world which equates to one in every nine people. Those numbers are alarming but population growth estimates show that the global population will soar to nine billion by the year 2050. The duty lies with farmers to increase production by 60 percent to cater to the rise in population. With revolutionary technology such as the agricultural drone, farmers can meet those demands as it simplifies surveying, seeding and spraying of crops. XAG Australia is one of the world’s leading Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) research and development manufacturers. We produce AG drones for farmers to tend to their crops faster and more efficiently.
We’ve been in this industry for over 13 years and have delivered exceptional results by making agriculture smarter and simpler. We produce drones specifically for the agricultural sector because we understand the elements that are critical to a successful harvest. The modular design of our drones allows you to request a specific faulty part and replace it by yourself. As a result, you’re not offline for an extended period waiting for a professional to repair your drone.
Our drones are easy to assemble and require just ten minutes to put together completely. The design facilitates long-distance shipping and maintenance. Why not embrace this revolutionary technology on your farm?
Contact us to start saving time and money with the purchase of your agriculture drone.