Drone Technology in Agriculture

 

GeoTEd-UAS member Fred Coeburn and students in the sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) program at Mountain Empire Community College are using drone technology to plant seeds at Rowlett Farm near Jonesville, Virginia.

Students in the course titled “sUAS On-Site Training” are using a special agricultural drone, a DJI Agras MG-1P, to disperse the seeds. The drone has two different farming attachments, a liquid tank with two pumps which can hold 10 liters of liquid used for pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers and a spreader hopper which can hold up to 22 pounds of solids.

At Rowlett Farm, students weighed the Tall Fescue seeds, used to thicken the grass coverages and increase next year’s yield, before pouring them into the drone which uses a variable speed rotating disk.

When the Rowlett Farm project is completed, over 60 acres will have been seeded using drone technology.

Mountain Empire Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in sUAS Operations Technical Studies. Learn more about the program here: https://www.mecc.edu/drone/