For years, Eliseo Delgado Jr. has helped online readers understand complex topics and breakthroughs in technology so that they can make more informed purchases. Here, he discusses the rising trend of drones in consumerism and a variety of industries, most notably its usefulness in agriculture.
Eilseo Delgado Jr. has followed the subject of drones since the late 90s when the technology seemed to still be a distant daydream for consumers. However, he’s witnessed first-hand their growth from Hollywood fantasies, to small developing markets, to major consumer products available at almost any major retailer in the country.
Today, dozens of manufacturers offer drone products to consumers in a range of affordable to luxury products depending on the level of expertise and capability of the device. This wide accessibility has led many industries to incorporate drones into their practices to expedite their work or else achieve large feats using relatively inexpensive machinery.
“Drones have been implemented into warfare where they allow soldiers to attack from the safety of a remote office, into land surveying where they can cover miles of terrain quickly and thoroughly, in package delivery services from corporations like Amazon, and so much more,” says Eliseo Delgado Jr. “Farmers have even found a way to cut corners and save both money and wasted crops by using drones in novel ways.”
Drones are able to scope out crops and collect massive data sets so farmers can make educated decisions with big numbers to back up their claims. This ultimately allows them to harvest more quality food each year and improve their crops for the following harvest. The technology is proving highly useful in reducing the amount of pesticides sprayed on crops and increasing the quality of soil for farmers. This is especially helpful in third-world countries that don’t usually have access to sophisticated technology.
“Developing nations depend upon their crops to provide nourishment for their growing
numbers,” says Eliseo Delgado Jr. “Many of them may be able to afford produce, but might not
have access to any because of suffering crops. Some companies in places like Africa are
renting out drone services to help optimize cultivation efforts in the area.”
A company called Acquahmeyer has recently stepped up to offer such a service to farmers in Ghana. Acquahmeyer rents out drones for a small fee that can be used to inspect the crops of small-scale farmers and determine the health of their plants. From this, the farmers learn to use pesticides to maintain plant health only where it’s absolutely needed. Delgado says that in addition to reducing the amount of money allocated to keeping insects from crops, the drones used by Acquahmeyer also reduce pollution and health risks for many.
“Aerial drones are shaping up to be one of the biggest benefits to farmers in the 21st-century,” says Eliseo Delgado Jr. “Drones are proving useful in dozens of industries, but I think we’ve only scratched the surface on how the technology can improve the lives of people everywhere.”