Technological advances have been rapid over the past few decades. Progress reaching the rural world through the use of tools, tools and machines that were unimaginable years ago, such as agricultural drone,
Ivan Santillon, resident of Olavre, is a designer of industrial machines. A company very close to the rural world, it is very sensitive to the problems of farmers. Some of the problems that have arisen in recent months, among other aspects, fuel cost or sec,
In addition, Sentillan is very fond of drones, so he came up with the idea to set up this device solve these two problemsA plan that, after months of reflection, has already been born under the name of Arabdrone.
According to Ivan Santillon, drones can Replace multipurpose tractors, “There are places like the United States where it’s already used a lot. Here it is already beginning to be used in some rice crops in Valencia. It’s an extremely versatile tool,” he explains. Eh.
Ensures that a drone is able to work in double hectare per hour“A tractor has the capacity to do three hectares of work per hour, but the drone has a capacity of up to 6 hectares.”
A drone to visualize the harvest, and another to do the work
Use balance for this task two drones, The first has a multispectral camera to visualize the state of crops. “It doesn’t tell you what the problem is, but it tells you if it’s affected,” he says. Later, he works with another device weighing 25 kilograms and with a diameter of two meters to apply manure, chemicals, fertilizers or even seeds to areas that need to be reseeded.
How does it compete with tractors?
Although drones are attractive for certain applications, Sentilan recognizes that Unable to completely replace the tractor“When it comes to reception, you can’t compete with a tractor.
But there are areas where there is a lot of humidity and you cannot enter because it is a flood. At that point, the drone no longer has a problem,” he explains. “It could be a solution to fly over the harvest. So, in case of over-replication, drones can be useful fertilizers or other chemicals,
However, for the sake of stability, Santillan wants Keep using it, Many times the products are applied to the whole crop, when only a small part is needed. However, the drone’s multi-spectral camera lets you apply it only where it’s needed.
“Environmentally, this represents a major change: firstly because no fuel or oil residue, And, secondly, because the chemicals used are very few. That’s about 20% of what’s used today,” he explains.
By saving water
According to Sentillan, this type of technique Doesn’t just save fuel, “Looking at the prices of gasoline, it is clear that it is interesting. But you also save on produce, oil and water,” he says.
“The drones move the fertilizer to the crop with their propellers”
“Drones, moreover, are designed so that the propellers push the fertilizer towards the cropThey have very high precision, so you don’t have to add a lot to make sure the fertilizer has an effect on the plant,” he explains.
Ivan Santillan has already tested this technology in rice fields in Valencia, where he verified the water savings. There, 12 liters of water per hectare were used, a number “Very few” of any tractor,
“It’s another step advanced stability“, he assures. “In regions like Castilla La Mancha they are already calling me because they have a lot of drought problems,” assures Ivan.
Arabdrone will be presented as part of the project village great-grandfather Held the last weekend of September in Quartengo.