XAG agricultural drones have passed a series of field trials by spraying potatoes in the fields of Ecuador. Experiments have shown the high potential of fully autonomous drones in reducing labor costs and pesticide efficiency.
Since July this year, local partner XAG MegaDrone has been conducting drone spraying demonstrations for potato growers in the Andes, in the Carchi region. The potato plantings were sprayed evenly with minimal chemicals using an XAG agricultural drone equipped with four spray nozzles and a 16-liter fluid tank.
According to the test results, flying over the plants at a height of 2 meters, the XAG agricultural drone could deliver the solution directly to the base of the potato bush, without dripping the droplet and compaction of the soil.
The use of drones can reduce the costs of plant protection products by 30% and provide water savings by 90%. In this way, Ecuadorian farmers can effectively control pests and fungal diseases while minimizing their environmental impact.