US: The American Farm Bureau Federation, Informa Economics and MEASURE, have released a study that identifies and quantifies the benefits of drone technology in precision agriculture. According to the study, version 1.0 of the Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator quantifies the economic benefits of drone as a service for three applications: field crop scouting, 3D terrain mapping and crop insurance. It covers corn, wheat and soybeans—which allows growers to quickly and easily determine if drone technology would be worthwhile after getting results from farm data entered into the Return on Investment Calculator. The calculator is expected to be available as a web-based application on the MEASURE website, with additional functionality added over time to include more drone applications and types of crops, stated a spokesperson from MEASURE.
Source: UAS magazine