Drones hover on country landscape

The potential uses and benefits of the remote piloted aircraft systems known as drones are quite amazing and some commentators think they could revolutionise the agricultural industry. If this is the case, Japan and Brazil may be on the fast track to agricultural prosperity, with both countries quick to adopt these machines as part of everyday farm management.

In New Zealand, we tend to take a more cautious approach to new technologies, but the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) isn’t taking any chances. Under existing regulations the CAA has no power to govern the use of drones, and wants to address this before drones become part of the landscape.

Federated Farmers’ submission to the CAA on options for controlling drone use, points out that there is potential for drones to become an important part of farm management. Present uses include monitoring and herding stock, video recording and photography for agricultural research, and collecting information on adverse events.

But this just seems to be the tip of the haystack in terms of potential benefits. It has been reported that researchers are developing drones equipped with cameras and other sensors to survey crops, monitor for disease, and precision-spray pesticides and fertilisers. … (Read more)

The agricultural industry in New Zealand could stand to profit from drones.

Source: NZHerald.nz