Agricultural Drones Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2016 to 2022

  • ID:PD003228
  • April 2016
  • WinterGreen Research, Inc.
                          

Agricultural drones use automated process to make farming more productive. Drones provide better, more flexible visualization. Smart drone agricultural uses cameras and provide the prospect of trillions of dollars in farming economic growth. Smart commercial drones connect seamlessly and securely to the Internet and to each other.

Agricultural drone technology has reached a level of maturity that has put these systems at the forefront of farming modernization. Farmers around the entire world are adapting to drone availability, using aerial cameras to visualize plants. Use cases are evolving rapidly. Video, specialized video, targeted video, and agricultural spraying systems are offered.

Agricultural Drones Use Technology for Spraying, Mapping, Pest Control, Seeding, Remote Sensing, and Precision Agriculture. Agricultural technology uses drones to leverage a data-driven future. Inexpensive sensors, cloud computing and intelligent software used in a drone system hold the potential to transform agriculture and help feed the world’s growing population.
Venture investment in agricultural drones has been strong. Investment of venture capital in agricultural technology start-ups reached $2.06 billion in the first half of 2015, 4.25 billion in 2015 doubling the amount of capital invested in this area in 2014.
Agricultural drones leverage the Internet of things (IoT). IoT brings sensors to supplement images of the land from above, making it possible to communicate and use analytics to understand changes in vegetation.

Digital electronics brings significant change to the ancient manual processes of farming. Markets portend to reach multitrillion-dollar payoff from the emerging technology that increases the production and distribution of food. There are technical and policy issues to leverage the potential of the drone use of the Internet of Things (IoT). Challenges include security, privacy and standards. Hackers can enter apparently secure networks to remotely control engines, brakes and steering. This could create a problem on a farm if the network was hacked.

Agricultural industrialization has been brought in some measure by tractors and columbines. Drones bring far greater automated process. Preindustrial agriculture, dating from before Christ to about 1920, consisted of labor-intensive, essentially subsistence farming on small farms. This took two acres to feed one person. With industrial agriculture, from 1920 to 2010, tractors and combine harvesters, chemical fertilizers and seed science opened commercialization of farms. Gains in productivity achieved one acre feeding five people.

Digital agriculture brought by drones is part of the next stage in industrialization of agriculture. It involves exploiting data from many sources — sensors on farm equipment and plants, satellite images and weather tracking. The use of water and fertilizer is measured and monitored. Growing can be monitored on a plant-by-plant basis.

Plant factories are being implemented worldwide that use 97% less water than an outdoor growing environment. Drones are anticipated to be used in those environments indoors. The data-rich approach to decision making represented a sharp break with tradition. It is a totally different world than walking out on the farmland, kicking the dirt and making a decision based on intuition.
Transparency is a significant aspect of sensor use in farming logistics. Consumers care that their food is cared for in the proper manner: end to end.

Transparency is one of the benefits of IoT that drones bring to digital farming. The benefits of digital farming are higher productivity and more efficient use of land, water and fertilizer. Transparency in farming is being asked for by consumers. Consumers want to know where their food came from, how much water and chemicals were used, and when and how the food was harvested. They want to know about consistent refrigeration during transport.

Use of drones represents a key milestone in provision of value to every industry. Customized cameras are used to take photos and videos with stunning representations. Digital controls will further automate flying, making ease of use and flight stability a reality. New materials and new designs are bringing that transformation forward. By furthering innovation, continued growth is assured.

The worldwide market for agricultural drones is $494 million anticipated to reach $3.69 billion by 2022. The complete report provides a comprehensive analysis of drones in different categories, illustrating the diversity of uses for remote flying devices in farming. Analytics makes the images more cogent to farmers, letting them anticipate problems that only become visible to human farmers days or weeks after the drone images detect issues.

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Agricultural Drone Executive Summary 27
Agricultural Drone Market Driving Forces 27
Agricultural Drones For Crop Surveillance 31
Drone Agricultural Inspection and Planting Aerial Systems Market Shares 33

Agricultural Drone Market Forecasts 35
1. Agricultural Drones: Market Description and Market Dynamics 37
1.1 Venture Investment In Agricultural Drones 37
1.1.1 Agricultural Industrialization 38
1.1.2 Transparency Benefits Of IoT and Digital Farming 38
1.2 Smart Drones: Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Description 40
1.3 Drone Enhanced Capability and Payloads 41
1.4 Nano Drones Applications 43
1.4.1 Drone Miniaturization 44
1.5 Follow Me Drones 45
1.5.1 US FAA Commercial Drone Permits 46
1.6 Unmanned Aerial Systems Payloads 48
1.6.1 Composites Key to Utility 48
1.6.2 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Agriculture Mapping 49
1.7 Californian Wine Industry Uses Drones to Refine Sampling of the Vineyard51
1.8 Agri-Informatics 51
1.8.1 Drones Geo-Tag Images And Wirelessly Transmit 53
1.8.2 Drones Used in Japan for Agriculture 54

2. Agricultural Drone Market Shares and Forecasts 58
2.1 Agricultural Drone Market Driving Forces 58
2.1.1 Agricultural Drones For Crop Surveillance 62
2.2 Drone Agricultural Inspection and Planting Aerial Systems Market Shares 64
2.2.1 Agriculture Commercial Drone Market Vertical Growth: 68
2.2.2 Yamaha RMAX 70
2.2.3 DJI Agricultural Spraying Drone 73
2.2.4 Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet 74
2.2.5 Draganfly Draganflyer X4-P 75
2.2.6 AscTec Firefly 76
2.2.7 3D Robotics 77
2.2.8 AgEagle Aerial Systems Agricultural Crop Map Functions 78
2.3 Agricultural Drone Market Forecasts 80
2.3.1 Agricultural Drone Unit Analysis and Unit Forecasts 83
2.3.2 Agricultural Drone Unit Shipments 85
2.3.1 Agriculture Surveying Via Drones 88
2.3.2 Drone Agricultural Surveying 89
2.3.3 Agricultural Crop Dusting Drones 90
2.3.4 Agricultural Drone Trends 91
2.3.5 Agricultural Drones Provide Farmers With Detailed Views 93
2.4 Drone Shipments 94
2.4.1 Drone Market Shares and Sector Forecasts 100
2.4.2 Drone Market Forecasts 102
2.5 Agricultural Drone Prices 107
2.6 Drone Systems by Application 108
2.7 Agricultural Drone Regional Market Analysis 109
2.7.1 Smart Drone Commercial (UAV) Industry Regional Summary 112
2.7.2 U.S Accounts for 73 Percent of The Worldwide Research, Development, Test, And Evaluation (RDT&E) Spending On Smart Drone Technology 113
2.7.3 U.S. State Department Drone Export Guidelines 115
2.7.4 Canada 115
2.7.5 Europe 116
2.7.6 UK Trade in Drones 117
2.7.7 Drones for the Netherlands 117
2.7.8 Japan 118
2.7.9 Sony Drone Services 121
2.7.10 Japanese Drone Works Inside the Nuclear Power Plant 123
2.7.11 China 125
2.7.12 Chinese Smog-Fighting Drones That Spray Chemicals To Capture Air Pollution127
2.7.13 China Desires Exports, Steps Up Research In Drones 129
2.7.14 Chinese Commercial Drones 132
2.7.15 Singapore 133
2.7.16 Africa 134
2.7.17 East Africa 135
2.7.18 Expansion of US Drone Base in Africa 136
2.7.19 Ethiopia 138
2.7.20 Brazil 138
2.7.21 Morocco 139
2.7.22 India 140
2.7.23 Australian Research on Agricultural Drones 140

3. Agricultural Drone Product Description 143
3.1 Yamaha Crop Dusting Drones 143
3.1.1 Yahama 148
3.1.2 Yamaha RMAX 149
3.1.3 Yamaha Unmanned Helicopters For Industrial And Research Applications 153
3.1.4 Yamaha Rmax Helicopter Agricultural Drone For Crop Spraying 154
3.2 AeroVironment 157
3.2.1 AeroVironment: RQ-11B Raven for Agriculture 157
3.2.2 AeroVironment: RQ-11B Raven 158
3.2.3 AeroVironment Raven Specifications 160
3.2.4 AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE 165
3.2.5 AeroVironement Ground Control System 167
3.2.6 BP and AeroVironment FAA-Approved, Commercial Drone Operations Presage Agricultural Applications 168
3.2.7 AeroVironment Integrated LiDAR Sensor Payload 173
3.2.8 AeroVironment AV’s Family of Small UAS 175
3.3 DJI Inspire 1 176
3.3.1 DJI Technology Chinese Crop Spraying Drone 177
3.3.2 DJI Technology Turning to the Rural Market 181
3.3.3 DJI Phantom 183
3.3.4 DJI Ronin 185
3.4 3D Robotics 189
3.4.1 3D Robotics Launches Line of Mapping Drones 191
3.4.2 3D Robotics 193
3.5 FT Sistemas 195
3.5.1 FT Sistemas Drone Applications 197
3.6 AgEagle 200
3.6.1 AgEagle Aerial Systems 202
3.7 Raven Industries 203
3.7.1 Raven and AgEagle Partner on UAS Solutions for Agriculture 203
3.8 HoneyComb AgDrones 204
3.9 Parrot / SenseFly 209
3.10 Precision Drones 210
3.11 PrecisionHawk Lancaster Drone Monitors Livestock Temperature To Check For Fever 214

4. Agricultural Drone Research and Technology 216
4.1 Agricultural Research and Technology 216
4.2 Regulations in the Agricultural Drone Industry 217
4.2.1 Drone Regulation Exemptions 217
4.2.2 FAA Plans Final Regulation on Commercial Drone Use by Mid-2016 219
4.2.3 FAA Approved Drone Projects 219
4.3 Agricultural Drone Sensors & Capabilities 229

5. Agricultural Company Profiles 230
5.1 3D Robotics 230
5.1.1 3D Robotics Acquisition of Sifteo 230
5.2 AeroVironment 231
5.2.1 AeroVironment Revenue 2015 232
5.3 AgEagle 236
5.4 Airogisitic 240
5.5 Airware 242
5.5.1 Airware Components of its Aerial Information Platform 244
5.5.2 Airware’s AIP Business Model 245
5.5.3 Airware Investment from Intel Capital 245
5.6 Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) 246
5.7 China Aerospace CASC Space Technology 247
5.7.1 China Aerospace CASC Revenue 247
5.8 Deveron Resources Ltd 248
5.8.1 Eagle Scout Drone Imaging 249
5.9 DJI 251
5.9.1 DJI Agricultural Spraying Drone 253
5.9.2 DJI Inspire 1 254
5.9.3 DJI Technology Chinese Crop Spraying Drone 256
5.10 FT Sistemas 259
5.11 Honeycomb 259
5.12 HUVRData, LLC 261
5.13 Parrot / Sensefly 263
5.13.1 Parrot / Sensefly 264
5.13.2 Parrot/senseFly 264
5.13.3 Parrot Group / senseFly 265
5.13.4 Parrot Group senseFly CTI Certified 265
5.13.5 Parrot Drone First Quarter Sales For 2015 Up 356 Percent 266
5.14 Precision Drone 268
5.15 Raven Industries 269
5.16 Skycatch 269
5.17 Tekever Drones To Detect Vine Disease 270
5.17.1 TEKEVER Group drone Project In The Wine-Growing Region Of Minho (North of Portugal) 271
5.17.2 TEKEVER 272
5.18 Topcon Positioning Group 273
5.19 Yahama 274
5.19.1 Yamaha Crop Dusting Drones 278
5.20 Yuneec 279

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