Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, are often used as recreational toys - although some businesses have begun to explore how they can be used commercially. Now, a recent report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has shown that the potential market value for drones in the agriculture industry is worth approximately $32 billion - reflecting the importance of commercial drones to farmers.
Many farmers monitor their crops by walking the fields or by using manned vehicles. However, these methods can be slow, incomplete and unreliable. Drones can use advanced sensors and cameras to scout a large area in a short amount of time and can provide real-time information on weather, potential crop yields, soil health and more. Additionally, drones are becoming easier to use as technology advances - new drones are able to take off, perform a programmed task and land with a single touch.
Although drones can be a valuable resource for any farm, there are numerous regulations in place to govern their commercial use, many of which may be subject to change.