An eight-rotor drone, the Agras MG-1 is supposed to provide a safer alternative to current methods for spraying crops, including small planes, vehicles, and handheld sprayers that dispense chemicals from backpacks. Agriculture, however, is expected to become one of the biggest verticals for drones . Models that spray pesticide, like the Agras MG-1, are just one example of how drones can help farmers predict and control the outcome of crops.
- DJI says that each drone can cover about seven to 10 acres of farmland in an hour.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that the Agras MG-1 will be priced at about $15,000 each and sold in China and South Korea first, before taking pre-orders from other countries.
- According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, agriculture drones could eventually account for 80 percent of the total commercial drone market.