Agricultural drones are revolutionizing modern farming practices by providing crucial data that was previously unattainable or had taken hours to collect by foot. Stampede, North America’s largest distributor of drone-based systems, is taking the agricultural drone revolution even farther with the next wave of drone technology- Drone Video Systems, a new category comprised of drone hardware, video conferencing software, and expert consultative services- that’s bound to reform, once again, how farmers monitor crops and share data.
“Thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Section 333 exemption that allows commercial businesses to fly drones on a case-by-case basis, UAVs already play a significant role in collecting information that helps produce a healthier crop yield,” said Stampede COO & President Kevin Kelly. “Drone Video Systems (DVS) amplify that experience. With the category’s introduction, farmers, regardless of their physical location, can tap into live video feed – captured by the unique and previously unattainable perspective of a drone – and collaboratively assess a situation to make smarter decisions, faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. Anyone they choose can have access to the same data, regardless of location.”
The revolution that’s sweeping the modern farming industry- commonly referred to as “precision agriculture”- is a significant one. According to the Boston Globe, the United Nations, assuming that the global population will reach 9.1 billion people in 2050, projects that food production will need to rise by about 70 percent to feed everyone. Thus, improving crop yield is key to feeding the world. That’s where drones come in.