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Milestones in the Development of Drone Technology

The development of drone technology has revolutionized agriculture, making it more efficient, cost effective, and less environmentally polluting. The following are some of the key milestones in the history of agricultural drones.


Early 1990s: The first drones were used in agriculture for specific tasks such as crop image capture, irrigation and fertilization.

2006: The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the UAV for Agricultural Use Program to develop technology for using drones for agricultural operations.

2011: Agricultural producers started using drones for agricultural operations, such as monitoring and controlling large-scale crops to increase crop yields and improve crop quality.

2013: The global market for agricultural drones has exceeded $200 million and is showing rapid growth.

2015: China’s Ministry of Agriculture issued guidelines on the application of drones in agriculture, which further promoted the development of drones in the agricultural sector.

2016: the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new regulations on the commercial use of drones, making it easier for agricultural producers to utilize drones for agricultural operations.

2018: the global agricultural drone market reaches $1 billion and continues to grow rapidly.

2020: the application of drone technology in agriculture escalates with the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to more accurately monitor crop status, measure land attributes, and more.


These are some of the important milestones in the history of agricultural drones. In the future, as technology continues to advance and costs continue to decrease, drone technology will play an even more important role in the agricultural sector.

Post time: Mar-14-2023