While drones are commonly talked about for a multitude of uses, one that is commonly overlooked is their use for farming, despite the fact that agriculture is projected to make up 70% of the unmanned aircraft market; this will be around 32 billion dollars. Drones could help farmers in many different ways and could allow for healthier crops and less waste in terms of fertilizer as well as water, both of which are would be beneficial for the environment.
Some of these uses could include planting seeds. Drones would have the ability to shoot seed pods into the ground along with nutrients, thus increasing the uptake rate of crops and decreasing the costs. Drones would also be able to help farmers water efficiently by analyzing the health of the crops and determining which crops need water and certain pesticides.
Farms are usually seen as the culprits for multiple sources of pollution, whether it be pesticides or fertilizers. Implementing drones would cut back on this pollution because the drones would ensure that the crops get the nutrients they need but not more. This means the crop will be able to absorb the nutrients in the fertilizer, so it will not run off into nearby waterways and damage the wildlife inhabiting streams and other ecosystems.