Will we see automated drone sprayers in the future?

Published Feb 24 



What is the likelihood that we will see drones spraying commodity value crops like corn and soybeans in the near future? Will this ever be cost effective and efficient enough to replace airplane spraying or even in field sprayers?

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By Jerry Smith
Published Jun 26 

I think for the near future at least, that Dale Cowan’s words from a few years ago will continue to ring true concerning drones: “I think they’re never going to replace a big sprayer. They just don’t have the capacity or the swath width to do that sort of thing, but [there can be] a fit for them in a smaller capacity, maybe something more site specific and fixing small areas in the field that we otherwise would ignore. . . . There’s no comparison between a 120-foot boom with a thousand-gallon tank and a drone with two nozzles that covers 15 feet with a 10-litre tank.” 

Will we see automated drone sprayers in the future?

I think for the near future at least, that Dale Cowan’s words from a few years ago will continue to ring true concerning drones: “I think they’re never going to replace a big sprayer. They just don’t have the capacity or the swath width to do that sort of thing, but [there can be] a fit for them in a smaller capacity, maybe something more site specific and fixing small areas in the field that we otherwise would ignore. . . . There’s no comparison between a 120-foot boom with a thousand-gallon tank and a drone with two nozzles that covers 15 feet with a 10-litre tank.” 

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Categories: Corn, Crop Protection, Precision Agriculture

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