Businesses worldwide have begun integrating drones into their daily operations.
Whether it is for security, surveying, or even maintenance; these flying machines make life in the workplace that much easier. Although still in its infancy, drone technology has already accelerated work rates, as well as improve safety for the people around them. Drones are also not limited in urban businesses. Farms and remote villages all over the world use them for mosquito control, pesticide spraying, as well as tree planting in some cases.
Drones have much more to offer than mere cameras with wings, and people are starting to see it.
Oklahoma Farm Drones:
In light of drones taking over jobs, an unconventional job takes place at the farmlands of Oklahoma. For drones on farms, most of the time it is for land surveying. They check whether the fields have presence of drought or disease. In Oklahoma, however, drones are there to counter a more active threat.
The problem plaguing the farms in Oklahoma are the presence of wild pigs. These pigs are destructive enough that they cause upwards of 2 Billion dollars annually. The destruction comes from pigs ruining crops, as well as polluting water sources vital to the plantations.
So where do drones come in?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched this experiment in an attempt to eliminate the wild threat altogether. At its essence, drones will drop dried corn into traps set out by the local farmers. This will then act as bait, catching the wild pigs before they can do their damage. The drone’s role is a simple one – one that companies big and small have been using them. It is to reduce time spent and increase efficiency. Before drones came into the picture, these traps – located on various parts of vast fields – needed to be refilled by hand. One by one, farmers drive to each points, manually checking and personally placing bait. Sounds incredibly exhausting, don’t you agree?
Drones doing these tasks cut time by more than half. It also means less exhaustion for the farmers who had to do it by hand. Where does the FAA come into the picture? Well, it is their duty to regulate drones as well as set guidelines. Flying at night and operating a drone outside the owner’s line of sight are all fineable offenses. The FAA made the exception for these farm drones, for the experiment’s purposes.