Soil & Water Conservation

Agricultural Drones
A Peaceful Pursuit

K. R. Krishna, PhD

Agricultural Drones

In production
Pub Date: March 2018
Hardback Price: $159.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771885959
E-Book ISBN: 9781315195520
Pages: Approx 425p w/Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 27 b/w illustrations

Agricultural Drones: A Peaceful Pursuit deals with the increasing importance of the role of aerial robots in managing agricultural farms and natural resources. Agricultural drones are expected to revolutionize the way we conduct agronomic procedures and maintain natural vegetation on earth.

This new book provides a wealth of information on drone usage in agriculture. The book explores the advanced sensors and imaging capabilities of drones that give farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage. An introductory chapter provides historical data, with details about various models of drones as well as the most recent and popular agricultural drones in usage. The book goes onto discuss such topics as the use of drones for soil fertility, production agronomy, irrigation, weed control, pest and disease control, grain yield forecasting, and economic advantages from drone use.
This timely and useful volume will be a valuable resource for faculty, agricultural extension officers, and farmers and farm consultancy agencies. This book would also serve as an excellent textbook for students in agriculture, engineering, geography, etc.

Key features:

  • outlines the advantages of using drones in agriculture, such as management soil fertility, study natural resources and vegetation, maintain adequate irrigation, control weeds and pests, etc.
  • covers the economic advantages of using drones in agriculture
  • examines the regulatory aspects of agricultural drones
  • provides actual examples of drone usage in agriculture

1. Drones in Agriculture: An Introduction

2. Drones to Study Natural Resources and Vegetation

3. Drones in Soil Fertility Management

4. Drones in Production Agronomy

5. Drones in Irrigation and Water Management During Crop Production

6. Drones to Manage Weeds in Crop fields

7. Drones in Crop Disease and Pest Control

8. Drones in Crop Yield Estimation and Forecasting

9. Economic and Regulatory aspects of Agricultural Drones

10. Drones in Agriculture: Summary and Future Course


About the Authors / Editors:
K. R. Krishna, PhD
Formerly Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA; Independent Researcher and Author

K. R. Krishna, PhD, has authored several books on international agriculture, encompassing topics in agroecosystems, field crops, soil fertility and crop management, precision farming, and soil microbiology. His more recent titles deal with topics such as agricultural robotics, drones and satellite guidance to improve soil fertility and crop productivity. Dr. Krishna is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Society for Precision Agriculture, the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, the Ecological Society of America, the Indian Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of India, among others. He is retired from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India.

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