Sunflower Farming with Drones

On one farm in Queensland, Australia, there is a sunflower field or sunflowers. What is unique, for the first time in the world, the work of planting and caring for the flowers is entirely done by relying on drones.

This pilot project is now fully operational. The sunflower fields attract tourists to come and take photos and learn about modern farming practices that are non-invasive and do not involve labor-intensive farming practices.

The flower seeds were sown from above. The result, like a yellow exposure in the field. Harvesting sunflowers will be one of the hallmarks of agriculture in the future.

This farm is located in Cambooya, southwest Toowoomba, Queensland. The sunflower seeds were planted entirely by drones.

The pilot of the drone, Roger Woods said, “This sunflower crop as far as I’m concerned is the first result of an entirely drone planting. So, a large drone farm that we used spread the seeds of this plant.”

This technique has been used for food crops such as barley or barley, alfalfa, and wheat. Many are skeptical that this farming method can be applied to growing sunflowers.

Sunflower garden (photo: illustration).

Sunflower garden (photo: illustration).

Roger Woods has tried several times to cultivate this plant to meet agricultural standards. “Sunflowers need consistent spacing in order to grow properly. And usually they blend very accurately, so this was a challenge we had to overcome when growing these plants using drones,” he explained.

The results are astounding, both for locals and tourists alike. The sunflower fields, with their towering plants and blooming flowers, provided an excellent backdrop for photographers.

Pandora Bevans is the manager of this farm.

“Usually sunflowers are planted on the side of the road, causing people to park in dangerous places or break into farmers’ properties. That’s why we decided to open this field so that the general public can come directly to this field and take good photos here,” he said.

According to the farmers, the drone farming technique is less labor intensive compared to traditional cultivation, and the soil is not disturbed. This farm manager hopes that other farmers will soon adopt this technology.

However, they admit, this method still has a number of limitations.

Roger Woods says that the only thing you can’t do with drones is harvest them. At least not at the moment.

It seems that the simple idea of ​​using drones will develop into good prospects in agriculture. [jm/ka]