Drones in farming: tools or toys?

UNMANNED Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones are becoming an increasingly common discussion point in rural and social media with some spectacular images and footage presented of farming operations. But drones may have a more serious application on-farm, allowing farmers to see things they may not have been able to previously. Kondinin Group researchers Ben White and Mark Saunders take a look at what is available and how drones may play a role in farming.

Drones in farming: tools or toys? Drones in farming: tools or toys? Drones in farming: tools or toys? Drones in farming: tools or toys? Drones in farming: tools or toys?

The combination of high quality cameras and small UAV's capable of capturing images of farm operations from angles previously unachievable without the use of an expensive aircraft is both exciting and