Ag Drones: Sky Is The Limit For Latest In Farming Technology

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones as they are popularly known – is now becoming relatively common, but Brechin, UK-based precision farming specialists SoilEssentials is taking the whole concept of data collection and use to a new level, writes Ewan Pate on


At a field day at Finavon, SoilEssentials director Jim Wilson explained how the company had worked with international technology supplier Trimble to develop a system to be known as Connected Farm.

“As an example of how quickly data can be processed and used we can send a drone on a pre-planned route across a field to assess crop condition and requirements,” Wilson says. “As soon as the data is received it can be uploaded to a SoilEssentials website using the grower’s own private log-in details.”

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