Agricultural Drone Companies and Manufacturers: Roundup

Agricultural Drone Companies and Manufacturers: Roundup
External Guest Writer
February 17, 2021

The use of drones in farming and the number of agricultural drone companies have exploded in the last 10 years. A report published by Meticulous Research has predicted that at the current rate of growth, the agricultural drone market should be expected to grow to over $5 billion by 2025. Here are 15 top agricultural drone companies pushing the boundaries with their innovative technologies.

15 Agricultural Drones Companies and Manufacturers

1. SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.

Founded: 2006

Headquarters: Shenzhen, China
Geographical presence: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. manufactures aerial photography devices for various industries, including agriculture, film, conservation, search & rescue, and energy infrastructure sectors.

For example, the AGRAS T20 model can be used for insect and weed control on a variety of crops such as wheat, corn, citrus trees, cotton and more.

2. Parrot S.A.

Founded: 1994

Headquarters: Paris, France

Geographical presence: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Parrot S.A. provides several technological products and services. They design, develop, and market consumer products for personal smart devices such as phones and tablets. Additionally, Parrot S.A. is involved in the production of automotive and unmanned aerial vehicles technology solutions, which include drones, accessories, and spare parts. 

The company's drone units were initially designed for the US military, but have since been commercialised to professional industries. Parrot S.A. also provides wireless multimedia products dedicated to sound, and explores new possibilities in Bluetooth smart technology. 

3. PrecisionHawk Inc.

Founded: 2010

Headquarters: Raleigh, USA

Geographical presence: North America, Australia, the U.K., and Argentina.

PrecisionHawk Inc. is an agriculture drone company specialising in drones and sensors for various industries ranging from agriculture to energy, insurance, and government. Specifically relevant to agriculture is the company's newest platform, PrecisionAnalytics Agriculture - an aerial mapping, modelling, and agronomy platform for precision agriculture. Additionally, PrecisionHawk Inc. also operates pilot network, consulting, flight servicing, and training services.

dry and green farming landscape

4. AeroVironment, Inc.

Founded: 1971

Headquarters: Simi Valley, USA

Geographical presence: USA, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, and Afghanistan.

AeroVironment, Inc. create, design, develop, produce, support, and operate several technology solutions for government agencies and businesses alike. Some technologies in their portfolio include: unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) including  spare equipment, batteries, chargers, repair services, and customer support for UAS devices. 

Commercially, the company offers unmanned aircraft systems-based information solutions for several sectors including military, agriculture, energy, and natural resource management, to name a few. In agriculture, AeroVironment, Inc. manufactures UAS for field mapping, crop scouting, and more.

In addition to agriculture drone and other commercial applications, AeroVironment, Inc. also offers services for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other international allied governmental organisations.

5. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

Founded: 1953

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

Geographical presence: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. is a government-owned corporation specialized in the development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber, and homeland security. 

Straddling both commercial and governmental sectors, the company provides advanced technology solutions to customers worldwide. Some of their notable technologies include satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned and robotic systems, radars, C4ISR, and more. 

Technologies by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. have applications in disaster management, communication relay, agriculture, imaging, and more.

6. Trimble Inc.

Founded: 1978

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, USA

Geographical presence: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Trimble Inc. offers both hardware and software technological solutions to industries ranging across agriculture, building, civil engineering, geospatial, transportation, government, forestry, rail, field service management, telecommunications, electric & water utilities, to name a few.

The company's core products include technologies in positioning, modelling, connectivity, and data analytics. When applied to agriculture, these technologies and devices act very effectively to improve productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability of farming operations. 

An extension of this agricultural application is Trimble Inc.'s activity with positioning solutions in the UAV industry - specifically continuous mobile positioning and high-accuracy orientations. Additionally, the company operates solutions for land preparation, guidance & steering, correction services, planting & seeding, flow and application control, water management, data management, and harvest.

farming drone hovering above the field

7. Microdrones GmbH

Founded: 2005

Headquarters: Siegen, Germany

Geographical presence: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Microdrones GmbH designs, develops, and ships drone and UAV technologies to international customers across the globe. In addition to their application in search & rescue, inspections, security, surveillance, science & research, aerial photography and video, surveying, and geographic information system (GIS) mapping, Microdrones GmbH technologies offer customized, intelligent, and integrated drone solutions for a range of industries.

8. AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc.

Founded: 2012

Headquarters: Neodesha, USA

Geographical presence: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

AgEagle Aerial Systems is involved in providing agriculture drone technologies for imagery and data analytics, specifically for the precision and sustainable agriculture markets. AgEagle Systems Inc. lead the entire production process, including design, manufacturing, and distribution of advanced, small UAVs (or drones) to the precision agriculture industry.

9. American Robotics, Inc.

Founded: 2016

Headquarters: Marlborough, USA

Geographical presence: Across the USA

American Robotics Inc. is an agricultural drone company, specialising in the manufacturing of robotic machinery. The company created Scout, their first fully-automated, remote-sensing solution for precision agriculture. In addition to Scout, American Robotics Inc. offers practical drone systems specifically designed for agricultural applications, setting it apart from the other companies in this list with their niche market.

white farm drone overseeing crops

10. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Founded: 1955

Headquarters: Shizuoka, Japan

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is a vast company with several products and services spanning dozens of industries. Operating through 140 subsidiaries, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. develop, produce, and market motorcycles, marine products, power products, musical instruments, industrial machinery and robots, to name a few. 

Technology solutions offered by the company include computer vehicles, recreational vehicles including all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles, and snowmobiles. Additionally, unmanned helicopters have been produced by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. since 1991, and have been used in several industries with commercial application, including agriculture.

11. Drone Seed

Founded: 2018

Headquarters: Seattle, USA

Geographical presence: USA

DroneSeed is an agricultural drone company harnessing UAVs and drones to reforest the world six times more time-efficiently than humans could manually. The company deploys UAVs over areas that have suffered recent wildfires, and can propagate trees across 40 acres in a single day.

DroneSeed is on a mission to make reforestation less expensive and easier to accomplish. They are the first and only company approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to use drone swarms to deliver agricultural payloads such as herbicides, fertilizers, and irrigation. 

12. Skycision

Founded: 2015

Skycision is shaking up traditional agriculture with a software-as-a-solution (SaaS) innovation that harnesses several factors such as the intensity of light on a given day, contours of the land, and more, to create visual data.

This visual data helps paint an impressively accurate picture of crop stress for farmers early in the growing season. This data informs which drone farmers will deploy to that area of the field and what sort of treatment the crops will receive.

An added benefit of Skycision, which sets it apart from competitors, is that the farmer owns all the data collected from his or her field.

an agricultural drone up close

13. Top Flight Technologies

Founded: 2014

Headquarters: Malden, USA

Geographical presence: USA

Not only does accurate and high-quality aerial imagery and sensing require drones and UAVs to remain in-flight for longer than a few minutes at a time, but in order to double as an effective precision agriculture tool, drones need to be able to administer payloads effectively.

Top Flight Technologies is revolutionising the flight-time of drones in the agriculture industry through their hybrid energy power systems that extend flight times and allow UAVs to carry heavier payloads. These high energy power systems allow drones to remain in-flight for long enough to cover hundreds of thousands of acres in a single flight, while also carrying high-end cameras with image resolution to rival satellites.

14. HoneyComb

Founded: 2012

Headquarters: Wilsonville, USA

HoneyComb manufactures fully autonomous drones with integrated data processing. With one of the most comprehensive packages on the market for agriculture, mapping, and surveying, HoneyComb is a one-stop-shop for drone technology, mapping, software and service. 

With applications in industries ranging from agriculture and forestry to surveying and land management, their flagship product is the AgDrone System for data acquisition. Data is collected via two cameras mounted on the drones - one RGB and one NIR, for double the data in a single flight - and is then transformed into information using cloud-based services to deliver the findings to customers around the globe. The AgDrone System can cover 600-800 acres per hour and can be managed comfortably by an advanced autopilot system.

15. HiveUAV

Founded: 2014

Headquarters: Newcastle, Australia

Geographical presence: Australia

Founded by a Newcastle University professor-turned CTO, HiveUAV's innovative technology enables drones to operate remotely and extend mission areas by utilizing rugged, automated docking stations.

Docking station technology allows these "hives" of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles to network together, communicating through the system interface. This allows drones to "hop" from hive to hive, stopping only to charge and dump data.

The biggest benefit of HiveUAV's technology is that there is no need for the farmer using it to be a drone expert. This means that farmers can confidently manage cropping operations and their own localized data with ease.

Agriculture Drones: The Future of Precision Agriculture

Agricultural drone companies are continuously innovating to make farming more productive, efficient, and sustainable. Progress in other industries and sectors such as military, aviation, surveillance, and more lend themselves to agricultural applications. As technology in one area is furthered, so too is the agricultural industry improved.