Drones in Agriculture

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The drones industry is gaining momentum globally, enabling advanced solutions that has yet to be seen.

ALTA develops systems which are carried by drones. The systems develop unprecedented solutions in the world of pesticides application, which optimize time, improve accuracy and save manpower.

Lately, a farmer from the Hefer Valley claimed that by using the ALTA’s drones, he reduced the use of pesticides in his orchard by 30%. ALTA entered the field of Agriculture not only from the perspective of mapping and photography, but also with new abilities of pesticides application as an additional tool for the farmers.

The industry of agriculture, which continues to integrate new and developing technologies, has utilized drones as an essential tool for the farmers globally. Precise and efficient dispersion of complex and concentrated substances delivers great news to the industry.

What is an agricultural spraying drone?

Spraying drone is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) functioning in agricultural fields and spreads pesticides in various compounds. Usually the spraying drones are capable of carrying between 5-150 liters. ALTA’s drones allow the dispersion of ointments, liquids, granules and powders.

In addition, the automatic drone’s speed and precision capabilities are saving manpower in the field, and in most cases they are better than using tractors and airplanes. The accessibility of the tools is maximal. Their functioning is green to the environment, and allows working closer to residential areas, unlike the other alternatives. 

The advantages of drones in agriculture:

Alta’s drones allow the possibility of controlling and supervising the usage of pesticides properly. It allows to control the amount and pace of substance spread, and all of this by remote controlling of  the drone in real time. The drones allow autonomic flying without intervention of an operator, subject to the Civil Aviation Authority flight procedures.

Activating spraying by using drones allows to minimize the environmental impact of pesticides. The ALTA agricultural drone is connected directly to the Internet, thus all data is transferred directly to a control software which allows full tracking of all data from the area. Over the past few years, the spraying drones have progressed and evolved and now allow carrying tens of pounds of pesticides. This results in the introduction of spraying drones into new industries from time to time, thereby replacing the spraying methods that have existed to date to a greener, more accurate, and cheaper method.

The future of drones in the world of agriculture:

ALTA’s drones are capable of spraying harvest more precisely than a traditional tractor, which diminishes costs, and prevents trampling of the harvest by the tractors wheels. 

In the field of pheromones (SPLAT), ALTA is a groundbreaking company. The company has gained commercial experience of tens of thousands of acres in which the SPLAT was spread, which amazed the industry. The operating team of a drone carries the system “Venus” is currently capable to implement above 500 dunams a day, while the alternative is of manpower which is capable of covering 25-30 dunams. It is only the beginning of a new era in the world of agriculture in which the advanced drones will be used more and more in our lives.

Examples for using spraying drones in the world:

  1. A small country in the center of America, El-Salvador, which resembles Israel in its size, took on itself the field of drones in agriculture one step ahead. The government subsidizes the use such technology for farmers, and in this way companies could commence the process directly through the farmers, with no financial loss on either side. Many fields, particularly of sugar canes, are treated by drones similar to those of ALTA.

Large UAV’s equipped with 20 liters of material capable of carrying fertilizers or pesticides and allowing flight in pre-arranged routes without the need for a controller. In a country where the access to fields is often difficult for tractors and even for planes, the drones fit exactly to the farmers needs, and in this way they save up a lot of money and people in the fields.

2. The economy of Brazil is the largest in Latin America, and agriculture is one of the main reasons behind it. There are various severe challenges which Brazil faces. What is the most effective way of spraying crops and keeping them in good condition? Of course, it is not with old planes and large tractors. Now there is a new more  precise way to do it – with drones, which fly very close to the crops, something that a conventional spraying airplane cannot do. Not to mention how dangerous it is for the pilots to fly airplanes too close to the crops. Even though an airplane can carry much more weight than a drone, with a drone it is possible to ensure carrying smaller weight, but full insurance of human lives. In 2018, in Brazil they have manage to spray over 200 dunams by using drones.