A new 40kg drone is helping Bundaberg Region farmers spread seed consistently across land and in a range of hard-to-reach places.
Local business Oztech Drones has just acquired the new XAG Jet Seed drone, which can effectively dispense granular seeds, fertilisers or pesticides on up to 12 acres of land per hour.
Owner Jamin Fleming said the impressive drone was another machine added to his company's fleet of four, with the technology paving a new way of operation for the agriculture industry.
“I started the company in 2019 and spent a lot of time acquiring the correct licensing and certifications to be able to fly and spray using drones,” he said.
“At the moment we do all sorts of different applications, ranging from spraying small crops, waterlogged crops and more.
“We also use the drones to spread seeds and granular pellets in pastures and hard to reach areas.”
Jamin said drone technology had come a long way over the years and the machines were providing many benefits to farmers.
“We have four drones that we use for the agriculture side of things, ranging from small surveying drones to 40kg spray drones that can cover larger areas,” he said.
“This is very new technology and we are thrilled to be using this brand new technology to help farmers and clients in many ways.”
Jamin said some of those many benefits included eliminating the exposure of chemicals, better accuracy and reducing the amount of spray going to waste.
“We use organic applications where possible and only use registered chemicals for the targeted weeds,” he said.
“That’s a big thing for us, as we are putting less chemicals into the earth than traditional techniques and still having the same outcome.
“We are getting a lot of farmers that are blown away with what we can achieve and we are moving into many other applications.”
To find out more about the drone technology, check out the Oztech Drones Facebook page here or give Jamin a call on 0429778875.