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Drone farming: Drones are the Future Farming

# Drone farming // Latest and greatest farming technology with unmanned aerial systems using by Florida farmers across the state. And it’s. Also known as. Drones technology,. To take their actions to. new heights, which profits farming production and incomes.

The plant City-based Highland Precision Ag (HPA) is the one company. It develop drones design by using cutting-edge technology to support. And help growers make quick, exact decisions. About crops such. As citrus, strawberries. And vegetables. Meanwhile. The FFBF. (Florida Farm Bureau Federation ) has. Shaped an unmanned program for the state’s high school students about aerial system training and certification.

Frankie Hall, director of agricultural policy for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation FFBF says. “It is believed that eighty. Percent of unmanned aerial systems will be used in agriculture,”. “Florida will be one of the top five states in the United states. Using this. Technology. Because. Of the high-dollar. Crops we cultivate in our state.”

# Drone farming // Refining Drone Technology

To treat and diagnose crop issues HPA’s drones will include two kinds of cameras. Drones have ability will zoom over fields. By using focused cameras that capture images of electromagnetic wave data – see-through information about crops unseen to the naked eye.

The drone can tell the change between healthy plants and unhealthy plants with multispectral camera images. It will determine a source of plant diseases with the help of hyperspectral camera.

Every drone will be prepared with 6 cameras. And all are accomplished of zoning in on their targets within 3.6 centimeters.

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Steve Maxwell, HPA founder and president says “The endgame here is for the cultivator to see the unseen,”. “Because of this technology, cultivators. Can see plants going into suffering. Before. The human. Eye can catch it.”

Department of Defense contractor and software developers, the drones, which are being developed in partnership by both. And it will. Save. Farmers both time. And money by. Speedily providing them with precise data. Farmers will have computer dashboards where they can carefully monitor their crops. Letting them to pinpoint the exact location of pests and diseases.

Let’s take an example, if a specific field is infested with spider mites. Farmers will know only to treat that. Part. Instead. Of. Their entire crop. It will help the farmer money problems. It will. Also reduce. Their environment. Impact.

Maxwell says “The passion for the grower has always been at our heart and soul,”. “Our goal is for the farmer to reach their full potential, and we want to be there to assist them.”

Certified to Fly

The drones are. Developed in partnership. With the FDE (Florida Department of Education) and ERAU (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University). The FFBF (Florida Department of Education) is offering an unmanned aerial vehicle training. And certification program in high schools across the state.

Any student who complete the whole UAV program. Which is being applied for the first time in 2016, will be certified to fly. These vehicles in agriculture production settings.

The Florida’s high school students have UAV program is one of 6 certification programs available for them. And these all created through the Agricultural Educational Services & Technology Corp.

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Noshad Ali
the authorNoshad Ali
Founder & Managing Director
M.Sc (Hons) Horticulture & Member of PSHS (Pakistan Society Horticulture Science) and Working as Field Facilitator in CAB International

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