Cereals 2019 will feature drone sprayer demonstrations of the DJI Agras MG-1S. The DJI Agras MG-1 is an octocopter designed for precision variable rate application of liquid pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides, bringing new levels of efficiency and manageability to agriculture. The MG-1 ‘s powerful propulsion system allows the aircraft to carry up to 10 kg liquid payloads, including pesticides and fertilizers.
The combination of speed and power means that an area of 4,000-6,000 m² can be covered in just 10 minutes, or 40 to 60 times faster than manual spraying operations. The intelligent spraying system automatically adjusts its spray according to the flying speed so that an even spray is always applied. This way, the amount of pesticide or fertilizer is precisely regulated to avoid pollution and economize operations.
Equipment used in plant protection operations is susceptible to dust and corrosion, leading to high maintenance costs and shortened lifespans.To counteract degradation, the MG-1 is designed with a sealed body and an efficient, integrated centrifugal cooling system.
The MG-1 automatically records its current coordinates and remembers its past coordinates as it makes its way across the field. In case an operation is interrupted, for example due to depleted battery or spraying liquid, users can quickly land and resume flight from the last recorded point after changing the battery or refilling its tank.
By integrating a microwave radar together with the MG-1's intelligent flight control system, the aircraft can scan the terrain below it in real time to keep a constant, centimeter-accurate height above crops. Spray density is maintained even as the ground rises and drops so that an optimal amount of liquid is applied at all times. The DJI Agras MG-1S demonstrations will be held throughout both event days in the Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers Arena.