In states that allow cannabis cultivation, companies have turned to advanced technology to increase efficiencies in crop management, production and delivery. Exploring the cannabis landscape reveals how drones and robotics are taking cannabis business profits higher.
Elevating the industry
Drones and robotics have become a trusted precision agriculture tool for the unique requirements of cannabis crops. Savvy cannabis companies have started using drones for crop management, and as hydrostatic sprayers for mold prevention and remediation. Companies have also initiated the use of autonomous delivery systems to streamline logistics.
Veteran-owned, Denver-based Blue Nose Aerial Imaging, proponents of a drone franchise model, has made cannabis plant management a target market sector for its franchisees and their clients. Blue Nose drones help cannabis farmers identify male plants to bolster harvest optimization—to increase THC levels, male cannabis plants must be removed to prevent fertilization and better allow female plants to flower.
The company also uses sensors and backend analytics to estimate yields and identify plant disease and pests. “Drone inspections of cannabis fields take only a few hours; manual crop inspections take between four and five days,” said CEO Tanner Harris, a former Navy E-6 Mercury pilot and Boeing flight instructor. “We have consistently proven the return on investment for drones in cannabis operations.” The company currently supports cannabis farms in Colorado, California and Oregon.
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