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Use of drones doubled in Dutch arable farming

In 2019, 4,7% of Dutch arable farmers are using drones. Compared to 2018, use of drones has more than doubled.

In 2018 only 1.8% of Dutch arable farmers were using drones, according to AgriDirect. This Dutch agricultural marketing agency asked arable farmers in the Netherlands questions regarding their agricultural activities, their plans for the future and their future investments. Around 1,000 arable farmers answered questions regarding the use of drones.

Most drones found on large arable farms

Not surprisingly, large arable farms are deploying drones more often than smaller farms. 12.3% of the farmers with more than 100 ha use drones. When it comes to farms with 10 to 20 ha, only 1.8% uses drones.

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12.3% of the farmers in the Netherlands with more than 100 ha use drones. - Photo: Bert Jansen
12.3% of the farmers in the Netherlands with more than 100 ha use drones. - Photo: Bert Jansen

19.2% of the arable farmers that took part in the survey said they are interested in using drones to optimise their operation. In 2018 13.4% showed an interest in drones.

Again, larger farms show a bigger interest in drones than smaller ones. Of the farms with 100 ha or more 31.2% is interested in the use of drones. Farms with 10 to 20 ha show the least interest: 11.7%.

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