DJI has been dominating the drone market. The new Inspire Pro has received rave reviews, the Phantom is likely to be the hottest Christmas gift this winter, and now, DJI is entering the Ag industry.
The New DJI AGRAS MG-1
DJI is best known for its video drones. Consumers and professionals alike have been taking to the sky with drones like the Phantom 3 Pro and Inspire 1. However, the drone industry goes far beyond just the consumer and video industries.
Enter the DJI Agras MG-1.
The primary use of the Agras is spraying crops, with the ability to cover between seven and ten acres an hour. Its tanks hold 10 liters (about 2.6 gallons) of liquid, and it is touted that this system is up to 40x more efficient than manual spraying. The drone uses microwave radar to scan the ground and maintain proper distance from the crops. It can fly up to 8 meters per second.
This is a fairly specialized industry for DJI to enter. Many farms are far too large for the drone to be more efficient than larger tractor mounted spray rigs. That being said, the vineyard industry could be revolutionized by this product. In fact, many vineyards have already been integrating drones into their agricultural practices.
One particularly interesting side note is the FAA’s stance on crop spraying. Crop dusting has long been a black eye for the FAA. Small prop planes are prone to crashing and are largely inefficient for spraying. Enter drones. With no people or buildings in the middle of a field, the FAA has responded very favorably to drone companies seeking exemptions to fly for crop spraying operations. For those business owners out there, this presents a compelling option!
Ultimately, what excites us most excited about this is it means that DJI is getting into the professional industries. We are expecting engineering and thermal rigs to be on the horizon.
**UPDATE** Check out DJI’s new thermal rig! As we predicted news of their new DJI Zenmuse XT was announced yesterday.