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Tag: WeedSprayingDrone

Drones Spray Inaccessible Cliff Areas in Australia

Lake Macquarie Council has begun using drones along isolated cliffs at Swansea Heads and Caves Beach to spray tracts of Bitou bush, an invasive South African weed.  It is understood to be the first time drones have been used for weed spraying in the Hunter.

Council’s manager planning and sustainability, Alice Howe, said drones are ideal delivery tools in areas difficult or dangerous to reach.

The low operating height and flying speed of less than 20km/h of the drones, combined with the downward air movement from the rotor “ensures extremely accurate application of the herbicide”.

Read More: UAV VISION

Weed spraying drone draws big crowd at Beef Australia

by VANESSA JARRETT

DRONES on farms are becoming more and more popular so it wasn’t a surprise to see a few around Beef Australia this week.

Much larger than the average run-of-the-mill drone is the DroneAgriculture, a large, heavy-lift octocopter drone with a lift capacity of 20kg that has an aerial application of granule herbicides in confined areas.

DroneAgriculture is a joint venture between AeroBugs and Granular Products to provide a service wherea chief pilot comes to the farm, flies the drone and sprays all of the infesting weeds.

“We saw a need to treat smaller areas and harder to access areas and we teamed up with Nathan,” Granular Products Sales Paul Hubbard said.

“Aerobugs has been going for five years and we have been doing a lot of stuff out in horticulture and in the cotton fields but this is the first time for us in the beef environment,” Drone Agriculture Chief Pilot and Aero Bugs founder Nathan Roy said.

“A lot of farms may need to focus their attention on other aspects of the business and other hard tasks on a bit of a hill or really thick pieces of noxious weeds where we can just take that pain away from them,” Nathan said.

The services is a thorough process.

Read More: The Morning Bulletin