There are things to consider before purchasing a drone for agriculture. Drones have many features which can be useful while scouting your crops. However, variety of features can give you a headache. To save your time and money we have come down to the Top 5 Drones list which will help you to choose the best drone for your agricultural activities keeping in mind quality/price ratio.

Essential features for precision farmer to know:

  • Field coverage with 1 battery: ~160 ac (65 ha); if drone height is 400 ft (120 m)
  • Drone operating radius: 1.3 mi (2 km)
  • Flight time: ~25 min
  • Photos: 12 MP
  • Video: HD/FHD/2.7K
  • Compatable with: Andoid/iOS tablets and phones
  • Supported Software: DroneDeploy, Pix4D

Approx. Price: $500

Overview:

  • Easy to control
  • High-quality footage
  • Autonomic flights
  • Price/quality ratio
  • Best for small-medium sized farm

Essential features for precision farmer to know:

  • Field coverage with 1 battery: ~160 ac (65 ha); if drone height is 400 ft (120 m)
  • Drone operating radius: 1.3 mi (2 km)
  • Flight time: ~25 min
  • Photos: 12 MP
  • Video: HD/FHD/2.7K
  • Compatable with: Andoid/iOS tablets and phones
  • Supported Software: DroneDeploy, Pix4D

Approx. Price: $1100

Overview:

  • High speed
  • High lift capacity
  • Autonomic flights
  • Able to carry 2 cameras at once
  • Compatable with different cameras
top 5 drones in farming

Essential features for precision farmer to know:

  • Field coverare with 1 battery: ~115 ac (46 ha); if drone height is 400 ft (120 m)
  • Drone operating radius: ~3 mi (5 km)
  • Flight time: ~18 min
  • Photos: Zenmuse X3 Camera (12MP)
  • Video: Zenmuse X3 Camera (HD/FHD/4K)
  • Compatable with: Andoid/iOS tablets and phones
  • Supported Software: Dronedepoy, Pix4D

Approx. Price: $2200

Overview:

  • Compatable with different DJI cameras
top 5 drones for agriculture

Essential features for precision farmer to know:

  • Field coverare with 1 battery: ~192 ac (78 ha); if drone height is 400 ft (120 m)
  • Operating radius: ~4.3 mi (7 km)
  • Flight time: ~30 min
  • Photos: 20 MP
  • Video: HD/FHD/4K
  • Compatable with: Andoid/iOS tablets and phones
  • Supported Software: Dronedepoy, Pix4D

Approx. Price: $1500

Overview:

  • Long flight time
  • Easy to control
  • Crash avoidance system
  • High speed
  • Integrated high quality camera
top 5 drones in agriculture

Essential features for precision farmer to know:

  • Field coverare with 1 battery: ~256 acres (104 ha); if drone height is 400 ft (120 m)
  • Operating radius: ~3 mi (5 km)
  • Flight time: ~40 min
  • Photos: Zenmuse X3 Camera (12 MP)
  • Video: Zenmuse X3 Camera (HD/FHD/4K)
  • Compatable with: Andoid/iOS tablets and phones
  • Supported Software: Dronedepoy, Pix4D

Approx. Price: $4600

Overview:

  • Customizable flying platform
  • User friendly customization
  • Very high lift capacity
  • Long flight time (dual battery compartment)

SO, WHICH DRONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you are a beginner in precision agriculture, you are a small farmer who doesn’t want to spend over $500, then Phantom 3 Standard is your choice. Yes, this model is quite old now, but it has needed functionality, quality is no worse if to compare with newer drones and the price is relatively low. if you are planning to scout your crops, identify problematic zones in the field or , for example, check how much of your crops were bent after the storm and get full picture of it, then Phantom 3 Standard is going to meet your needs.

However, if you want higher level of efficiency and precision for your crops, then you should consider getting 3DR Solo, DJI Phantom 4 Professional or DJI Inspire-1. Firstly, DJI Phantom 4 Professional is the newest product in business and it has these main advantages: flight time (~30 mins) and obstacles avoidance system. The latter will reduce the risk of drone crashing into a tree or other risky objects which, probably, can be found in your fields. Additionally, DJI Phantom 4 Professional long flight time lets you to cover more acres with one battery.

DJI Inspire-1 and 3DR Solo biggest advantage is that you can make customize it while attaching variety of cameras (e.g. near infra-red, thermal) to help you generate more comprehensice NDVI maps. If to compare DJI Inspire-1 and 3DR Solo, the price is the major trigger here. 3DR Solo (+ Go Pro Hero 3 or Hero 4 camera included) can be bought twice as cheap as DJI Inspire-1. Hence, 3DR Solo flight time is a bit longer. Despite that, if you would like to use Drone Deploy software it‘s worth to know that it supports only DJI series drones. In general, DJI Inspire-1 is more popular among dronists than 3DR Solo.

Lastly, if you want to be more advantageous precision farmer, then DJI Martice 100 has to be your first choice. Yes, it costs more than average drone. However, with dual-battery capability, you can stay in the air for ~40 mins and will be able to scout ~250 acres at once. Hence, it has Zenmuse X3, a very high quality camera, which can identify problematic zones in a field within 1 cm accuracy.
We hope that all the above will help you to decide which drone is going to be your best fit. If you have any questions – please reach us – we will be more than happy to advise you.