Smart farmers won't just look to technlogy to save time and energy — they'll also look to it to imporve onfarm safety.
A UK research company suggests the market for agricultural robots and drones, now about $3 billion annually, will balloon to $10b by 2022.
Don't wait for the technology to be proven – the age of the farming drone is here now, say two South Canterbury dairy farmers already using off-the-shelf drones in their weekly farm management.
If you bring a drone up slowly on cattle you can observe them, but once you chase them with drones they don't forget, says Dr Temple Grandin.
Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes after a trial undertaken in Hawke's Bay last season.