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Allies in the skies: Drone industry launches into specialty agriculture market

In this well researched, in depth article on the current application of drones in agriculture, Stephen Kloosterman, Assistant Editor at Vegetable Growers News writes that drone scouts are poised to make precision agriculture even more exact as drone technology advances. Seventeen percent of all commercial registered drones in 2017 in the US were used for agriculture, making it the third-highest use for the machines. Specialty agriculture is a part of that precision agriculture market for drones. Aeronautics firms such as the French-based company Delair-Tech and the American defense drone contractor AeroVironment are marketing their integrated sensor agriculture drones to specialty crop producers. Academics, too, are studying drone uses for specialty crops. Making drone data and imagery relevant to growers’ management decisions is essential, Kloosterman writes. According to one specialist: “The market is increasing every year. There’s a lot of people getting more excited about incorporating imagery into their management decisions, so definitely there’s a lot of growth going on.” Read the full article