Agricultural drones are used for crop management. Global Positioning Systems GPS and using data to measure how crops are growing is nothing new to the farming industry. However, drones now allow farmers to see a different viewpoint of their crops, literally. In 2015 drones in the agricultural industry began to make an appearence. Now just two years later drones are more advanced and are more recognized to the public in the farming aspect. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International AUVSI economic report indicated that between 2015 and 2025 agricultural drones will provide the biggest piece of growth (Nichol, 2016).
Due to the drone capabilities of capturing images of the crop from the air, it can show patterns. These patterns consist of irrigation problems, soil variations such as, pH levels and pest and fungal infestations (SenseFly, 2016). The agricultural drone is also capable of providing farmers with the status of the crop such as if it is healthy or not. This technology is capable of surveying the crop every week, day or hour. An agricultural drone can help a farmer in every season. In the spring the drone can make early analyses of the soil, tillage, tile and drainage. In the summer, the drone can observe the growth, manage irrigation, observe the amount of nitrogen, and monitor timings of when a farmer needs to apply certain nutrients, minerals or fertilizer. In the fall, the drone can be used for the pre-and post-harvest. Lastly, in the winter this technology can assess the input and machinery performance that was used during the year (SenseFly, 2017).