Smart Farming with Drones

On June 17, a consortium formed by groups including JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperative) Makubetsu, Hokkaido Obihiro Agriculture High School, and Hokkaido Obihiro Technical High School conducted a trial flight of a drone for agrochemical spraying at Obihiro Agriculture High School. Approximately 80 students learned the advantages of smart agriculture that reduces the burden of agricultural work with advanced technologies.

Members of the consortium used the latest pesticide-spraying drone equipped with a large 16 liter tank. They sprayed a water substitute in place of pesticide from a height of 4 meters onto farmland at Hokkaido Obihiro Agriculture High School. They also explained that if the drone has the location information for a field and is set to automatic mode, farmers can use less laborers in farm work.