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The application of drones in precision agriculture

Schmeitz, A.H.L. (2020) The application of drones in precision agriculture.

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Abstract:The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International stated that 80% of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be used for agricultural purposes in the near future. But how ready is the agricultural sector for drone usage? And how ready are the drones to fully function on the farm? This research aims to examine the maturity of drone usage in precision agriculture while using different dimensions and what implications there are for its development. For the research, the Space 53 UAV Readiness Quick Scan was used to measure the drone matureness on five different dimensions. These dimensions are technology, business, ethical, legal, and social. The data gained from using the Space 53 tool are discussed with an expert in precision agriculture, technology, and drones. The results of this study show that there is still development needed when it comes to the readiness of all five dimensions. The drones themselves are ready to be used on the field; however, the environment, farmers, regulations, and the business case are not ready to fully implement and use drones for precision agriculture. To reach a more mature readiness level, drones need to be easier to implement with existing technology present on the farm and the positive effect of drones should be financially substantiated. The sector should watch out for the technology push present in the sector and focus on the values drones can add to the farmers and the precision agriculture field. This study highlights the importance of involving business, social, ethical, and legal aspects for developing new technologies.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:48 agricultural science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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