Future Farming introduces an impressive range of new application drones in its Ag-drone buying guide 2023/2024. Drones are getting bigger and payloads are increasing. But capabilities and specifications differ, because the market demands different solutions and applications.
Prices in our Ag-drone buying guide 2023/2024 range from US $ 8,884.00 for the HF T30-6 of Hongfei to US $ 300,000 for the SC1 of Guardian Agriculture. But there are of course also major differences in the application possibilities that drones have. What are the specifications? How efficiently does the drone spray or seed? How many operations can a drone carry out without servicing or replacement?
Guardian Agriculture’s SC1 offers a real alternative to aerial spraying, but Guardian Agriculture emphasises that the SC1 – with a payload of 90.7 kgs – is less costly. It’s main customers are custom spraying firms. But the company is also aiming at farmers with a large acreage. At US $ 300,000 USD, it’s competitive with a new sprayer, Guardian Agriculture says, and the operating costs are lower as well.
But there are more new drones in our buyers guide with a high payload capacity. The Brouav D72L-8 has a payload of 72 litres and the payload capacity of the Hylio AG-272 is 68.2 litres. The AG-272 can cover up to 50 acres per hour at a 7.6 litre (2 gallon) per acre application rate. Hylio says the AG-272 offers a system for producers and applicators who want to tackle hundreds, or even thousands, of acres per day.
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Our Ag-drone buying guide 2023/2024 now also shows one the newest drone in DJI’s line of agricultural drones, the Agras T40. It can spray up to 40 litres of liquid over a farm field. With more powerful motors and more advanced nozzles, the T40 in one hour can successfully spray a 52-acre field. The T40 also has other advancements, such as cameras to map a farm field during a flight.
The XAG P100 is another newcomer, and has a payload capacity of 40 litres for spraying. It is a professional-grade drone, designed for precise and efficient spraying and spreading. The aerial platform of the XAG P100 Agricultural Drone is durable and stable, and can withstand harsh environmental conditions, making it suitable for various agricultural settings.
The Brouav U50 Max also has a payload capacity of 40 kgs for spraying. The U50 Max is a waterproof modular drone. The boom folds down, which makes the drone easy to transport. It supports spraying, seeding and spreading. One tank can spray 3 hectares.
Huida Technology presents the HD540PRO, with a payload capacity of 40 litres for spraying. The HD540PRO has a six-rotor design, offers stable flights, and is easy to control. It has a 40-litre spraying load capacity, and supports a 60-litre (50kgs) spreading box.
The TTA M6E-G300 has a maximum payload capacity of 30 litres. With a price of US $ 14,000 (FOB), it is an affordable option, while still offering all obstacle avoidance functions, and heavy lift features. TTA says the drone is 40 times faster than a traditional sprayer. A small droplet diameter promotes a better distribution of the spray. The M6E-G300 offers an adjustable flow speed and the nozzles are made in Germany.
Future Farming has also included several new smaller drones in its buyer’s guide
And the Hongfei HF T30-6 (payload: 30 litres for spraying) is even more affordable, with a price of US $ 8,884.00 (FOB). It has a strong aluminium main frame, is light weight and offers complete protection against dust and airborne particles, and against water and other liquids. The drone can be used for crop spraying, sowing and spreading fertiliser.
Future Farming has also included several new smaller drones in its buyer’s guide. The AG-210 (payload: 9.5 litres) – Hylio’s most compact model – packs all the Hylio software and spray functionality into a smaller form factor. The platform is great for spot-spraying and can cover significant acreage when deployed in a swarm. One person can command up to four UAS from a single ground station as they complete fully automated operations.