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The Use of UAVs in Precision Agriculture By: Bryce Payne.

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1 The Use of UAVs in Precision Agriculture By: Bryce Payne

2 What’s a UAV?  is an acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is defined as a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. (U.S. Department of Defense)

3 Benefits  Less manpower required  Less maintenance  More flexible  Capable of doing jobs that are hard, repetitive, and dangerous.

4 Current Use  Survey  Aerial photos  NDVI  Thermal images

5 UAVs in Agriculture Pteryx UAV Im IV-A CropCam

6 Cropcam  image-on-demand and is an inexpensive alternative to satellite, or, flying an airplane over a field.  provide images of crops, drainage, environmental, spraying, precision agriculture, etc. 

7 Pteryx UAV  flying multiple missions per day without reprogramming the autopilot  ability to rearrange camera head interior with minimal effort  single button operation  no need for groundstation  enclosing the camera for better protection against dirt  ability to accommodate most powerful compact digital camera models, weight range g 

8 Potential  UAV Sprayers  Yamaha's RMAX  Cost: RC $150,000~$230,000, Autonomous $1,000,000 (ground station, antennas, computers, monitors and two complete autonomous airframes and a four camera system)

9 Challenges  Cost  Technical Experience  Software Crashes  Liability  Farming Traditions

10 Conclusion  UAVs can be very effective in high value crops (fruits and vegetables) and large scale farms.  As the price of electronics goes down the price for a UAV will go down as well.  Use of UAVs will become a great tool to the farmer in surveying and possibly in pesticide spraying.

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