In the largest almond orchard in Georgia, “Udabno“, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or ‘drone’ was recently tested. It was used as a sprayer for plant protection products. The purpose of the test was to evaluate the efficiency of spraying the almond orchard at different speeds and with different levels of active ingredient consumption.
Drone DJI Agras T-30 was given for the test drive by the Georgian company Agrodron, providing services for spraying fields and orchards in Georgia. According to the director of the Udabno company, the company is considering the possibility of using unmanned sprayers instead of traditional tractors, if this method proves itself efficient – primarily, in terms of the quality and speed of spraying.
In the almond orchard, the drone was tested at three different speeds. The intensity and depth of spraying was determined using litmus paper attached to the trees. The distance of the drone from the trees was 2-3 meters on the tested rows of stands, while the speed when processing three different orchards was different. During the test, the weather was windy, which prevented the drone from working properly by changing the direction of the flow. In addition, the wind causes the drone battery to drain faster.