New Autonomous Agriculture Drone Lands in Brazil!

New Autonomous Agriculture Drone Lands in Brazil!


Is this new autonomous agriculture drone the future of farming in Brazil? I’m here now in front of a beautiful rice
field in the rural neighborhood of Villa Nova, in the city of Joinville, in the southern
Brazilian state of Santa Catarina and today we are going try to answer that very question. The autonomous agriculture drone featured
in this episode of Rice Farming TV has some pretty impressive specs. It weighs 55 pounds (25 kilos) and holds 4
gallons (15 liters) of tank mixture. The drone requires 4 batteries and has a flight
duration of 15 minutes with a full payload. With 6 spray nozzles the drone can autonomously
spray 2.5 acres (1 hectare) per flight or 15 acres (6 hectares) per hour of
operation. Later in the video we’ll find out how this
application rate compares to an average, traditional tractor/spray boom operation here in this
region of Brazil. This particular drone is a tool used by Agrize,
a precision farming and agricultural information technology company that is based in Villa
Nova, Joinville. They have invited me into their office to
see how the field mapping and coordinate generation is done before the autonomous drone takes
flight. A computer application called Mission Planner,
which resembles Google Earth, provides satellite imagery of the targeted field. With a simple click of the mouse a perimeter
can be drawn around the field or a portion of the field. The program automatically generates way-points
and illustrates the flight path of the drone. All this information is communicated wirelessly
from Mission Planner to the drone. You do not need to physically map the field
as was required by the autonomous agriculture drone previously featured in Episode 41 of
Rice Farming TV. Link to that demonstration is in the description. Once the flight map has been generated and
communicated to the drone we just need to set everything up on location; at a local
rice farm containing an Agrize managed test plot. Since the mapping was done back at the Agrize
office the drone automatically links up to the waypoints and begins its precision spray
application. A lot of people ask how the prop wash from
the drone’s rotors affect coverage. As you can see here, and in my opinion, the
coverage is excellent and uniform as the prop wash actually exposes more of the plant to
the spray application. Although after the rice is harvested we will have to check back-in with Agrize to see final their results with this test plot. Anyway let’s get back to just admiring this
drone and this technology in action. Just as the application of this test plot
concludes the host-farmer has invited us to fly the drone alongside his spray tractor
in another nearby rice field. Let’s head over, closer to his barn and
talk to him to find out what application rate he can achieve with his equipment. So as this Brazilian rice farmer mentions,
depending on a few variables he can, on average, cover about the same as Agrize’s autonomous
agriculture drone. Can we call the drone the future of farming
in Brazil? It has its place, absolutely. But this equipment and service will not flood
the market and immediately replace tractors–that’s for sure. A longer flight time and larger payload would
be necessary for such a dramatic transition. Farmers are also traditionalists so convincing
a farmer to adopt new technology can be challenging. Right now Agrize is doing excellent work and
data collection that will help with this hurdle. A benefit is that, here in this region of
Brazil, the average rice farm is about 75 acres (30 hectares) so a drone this size could
certainly cover that area over the course of a few days– definitely in tandem with a farmer’s existing
tractor/spray boom operation. The drone is also a great resource here because
aerial spray applications by crop-dusters has been completely restricted due to safety. What I can say with absolute certainty is
that, from a technological standpoint, it’s an exciting time to be in agriculture. The future of agriculture certainly will incorporate
autonomous drones, tractors and robots. Right now we are just getting a taste of what’s
to come. Perhaps in the near future even an android
will be producing and hosting YouTube farming videos for you to enjoy. Thank you for watching. Hasta La Vista, baby! Let me know down below what you think about
this particular autonomous agriculture drone and the future of farming. We certainly have come a long way over the
last decade. It would be better if I filmed from the other side of that toe-ditch. You don’t think I can do it?

64 thoughts on “New Autonomous Agriculture Drone Lands in Brazil!

  • Computerised video comments are already here but you Matthew are way more entertaining. The local farmer did not look like he wanted to answer your questions so I guess it will be a while before he is an enthusiast for drone technology.

  • Do you think this would be benefit for a field of rice near homes or schools that aerial applications would be prohibited

  • From seed to sow this could potentially be completely automated if you 3d mapped your farm with a fleet of hundreds of these things.

    Maybe lol

  • Hi all! If you're in a drone community across social media please share this video with your group(s). I'd like hear as much feedback as possible about this autonomous agriculture drone. Thanks!
    -Matthew

  • This method does seem to be almost as efficient as a tractor. It would be interesting to see how it compares to a crop duster and what kind of technology it would take to get a drone to crop duster level.

  • So why not hook up GPS to the tractor and use it to do all the work without needing to actually be in the tractor. Self driving tractors? I know the drone is easier on the fields sure and sometimes you can't actually drive a tractor in a rice field because of mud so a drone is better for those times. Maybe the self driving tractor is already a thing since GPS is already being used in heavy equipment like dozers but I haven't seen one drive itself. Hope you are enjoying your downtime with family Matthew!

  • Hi. Nice video! I think that could be a good option to farmers and the environment, especially by the level of accuracy in the spray. We have several problems in this area.
    I am an agronomist at Epagri, a government company of the Santa Catarina state, and I work with organic rice production and special varieties of rice. I would like to invite you to pay a visit to our unit in Araranguá city to know our work. Will be a pleasure! contact me if you want.

  • I can sure see you as a Fleet Commander in the not too distant future Matthew. What is the easier route: up scaling a drone or down scaling a helicopter? Either could be very beneficial with easy swap out tank / nozzle systems for a variety of applications. Question: during tractor mounted spray applications, what are the lost profits (perhaps per acre or per section) that arise from the tractor tracking through a field? -Bob…

  • Case International has already produced a tractor capable of doing field work autonomously, so I believe this is just the beginning of possibly a new age to agriculture. But you'll have to deal with the farmers who are used to the "old ways"..and some aren't going to have it no matter how good the tech is. But still, the future?? Possibly…

  • Mr. Sligar, I have a little rice farm but am not the operator, too worn out. But I watch the industry, it fascinates me and is part of my livelihood. That drone interests me. At this pace John Deere drones will cover our farms before long. The Deere Drone will be much larger, probably turbine powered or something, require lots of licensing by the FAA but may become reality. It could conceivably broadcast weighted seed and spray, they just need to figure out a way to harvest and prepare seedbeds. Natch, between Deere and P&W it will happen. Still need a tractor for the grain cart though…….but it will be GPS directed too. We can still have tractor pulls though.

  • We have here in denmark a lot of firms driving around to farms, doing field work like measurements of crops, state of crops and fertilizing. In EU you need an drone pilot license to work with drones, it’s that the same in the States?

  • Hey Matt love you videos, really enjoy learning about how you guys farm over there from this side of the pond. If you’re into drones my brother is running an experiment called hands-free Hectare at Harper Addams uni where by for the past two years they have cultivated, planted, maintained and harvested one hectare, first of barley and then wheat completely autonomously. It’s the first time it’s been done and this year there looking to increases the size of the experiment to I believe 30 hectares. Anyway if you want to check it out you can see some of there videos on YouTube at hands free hectare hfh

  • Hey Matthew. We have so many things in common. You are a Farmer, I am an Agronomist. You are a home brewer, I am a home brewer and building a pub and a small brewery. And most important we are both married to a wonderful Brazilian. Love your videos and aways very ansious to see what comes next. Take it easy man and keep doing this great job farming and raising this beautiful family.

  • Another great video. I hope that your wife's family enjoys the visit. I would love to see how they process local rice for the Brazilian market, or do they export it all? Gridley I hear is cold and wet.

  • Awesome mate. Going for a fly in 42 degrees today down at the beach. Check it out and let me know what ya think! 🌟😉✔👍🍸🍻

  • Autonomous aerial drones and ground-level drones will definitely have a place in production agriculture. My expectation is that big, corporate-type farms will see the advantages/take the risks, and make the investments as the tech matures. My hope is that it also allows smaller farmers to realize some benefits as well. Either through a rental service that brings out such drones on a per-application basis, or as an alternative to big expensive tractors/sprayers that allow them to do precision treatments as and when they need to.

  • Good video. If the drone could support a seeder, then the drone would be a good replacement for a tractor in the wet fields. Should be cheaper in costs than a tractor and take less energy.

  • Hey, Matthew. Drones are going everywhere for agriculture nowadays aren't they? Since you metioned in your video, I have a statement to make. My drone can also do the mission planning on a laptop. Acturely we are the leader of this technology. Assemble factories purchase the pilot system and put on their assembled drones. Physically mapping the field is one of the mapping options.
    Frankly speaking, this drone is a very primitive one, I can tell it comes from one of those hundreds assemble factories in China. AGRIZE is doing great when they try to introduce the drone tech into Ag, but they must be more cautious in choosing a right drone.

  • Hey Matthew! GREAT Video! We love hearing about the success of our customers and your channel is a great resource for so many people who are interested in the 'Ag-volution' happening around the world. Keep up the great work! [email protected]

  • This is and excellent Drone for flying Drugs over any wall Trump puts up. Drug cartels have 10's of thousands of DRONES .. this pisses TRUMP off badly as it means Trump's Russian Mafia has unhindered deadly competition.

  • I'm still a couple years out, but this will be perfect for my 10 acre rice krispie treats farm. It's not much but they're for personal use only.

  • A drone could fly at night while the air is still.
    It could follow the contours of a tea plantation.
    Multiple spray drones could fly in formation.

  • My concern would be the low payload of the drone indicates whatever is being applied must be highly concentrated posing concerns about handling of both the equipment and the chemicals pre and particularly post application . How is this being addressed ? How do you clean the little critter and neutralize the effects of what you're applying ? Much of its time must be in a toxic environment and does this affect the drone, its power supplies, and motors ?

  • O avanço da tecnologia é inexorável.
    Quando chegar a uma capacidade de carga em torno de 40 litros acredito que o uso do drone estará fadado ao sucesso.
    Exelente vídeo Matt!

  • I've been trying to find drone to spraying large areas of corn/soybean in Mato Grosso. But heavier payload is a must. Perhaps Yuri Pederii's Aerodrone? I've attended a HSE demonstration in Orlando-FL a couple years ago, but payload was only 20 lbs. Any improvement yet?

  • Its a neat concept I'm sure it has its place but it is much slower and charging batteries could be a bit of a pain. The big benefit is no ruts less crop damage. Good video #WorldsOkayestFarmer

  • Possibly could be feasible in the distant future. However, I suspect that the law that has disallowed the use of crop dusters has more to do with this than anything else. Not sure of the immediate circumstances surrounding the law (maybe close proximity of farming operation to heavily populated area), but this is crippling those farmers. Seems like they've gotten ahead of themselves. Sorry to be negative, I just can't see where this would be a better option even than a tractor spray rig..

  • Cara que bacana ver um vídeo do bairro onde moro apresentado por um americano,parabéns pelo vídeo e seja sempre bem vindo para voltar a Vila Nova, Joinville – Brasil!

  • Hello Matthew, have tried the Agras MG 1P? if so please comment how do you like it and what do you think compared with these other two drones you've seen.

  • That's what we think about pretty hard.. Drones, but they are a bit expensive and sadly, here is no law for this, so we not realy want to jump in to it. But, this is is the future.

  • this drone is very useful for our paddy field, but i would llike to know if want to buy this drone from my country, how i should do. plz let me know it's available or not.

  • Good day Matthew Sligar. I am busy developing an UAV with a payload of up to 700 pounds. It incorporates an inflatable wing similar to a paraglider – tubing and interchangeable sprayers form part of the wing. Calculations predicts coverage of 300 acres per hour. Please email me at [email protected] if interested.

  • The entire spraying system needs to be about 5 feet lower and it would not be hard to do and it would add very little weight. Then scale it up to say 40 foot coverage.

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