As of the end of November 2022, nearly 60% of the United States remains in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With input costs encroaching on farmers’ profit potential this year, precision application is a key opportunity to limit expenses and improve yields amidst drought conditions.
Zach Hanner, trial manager at Rantizo, says there are several scenarios where farmers can lose yield and revenue during a drought.
“Whether it’s herbicide effectiveness or micronutrient application, precision spraying can make the difference in retaining yields and lowering costs,” said Hanner. “Overall return on investment (ROI) can be bolstered with site-specific application.”
According to Hanner, producers should consider drone spraying to navigate these drought-related scenarios: