Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review

Utilización de sistemas de aeronaves no tripuladas en agricultura de precisión: una revisión


Palabras clave:

unmanned aircraft system (UAS), drone, photogrammetry (en)
sistema de aeronave no tripulada, drone, fotogrametría (es)



The objective of this review was to examine the current use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in obtaining data to assist in the application of precision farming techniques and to exemplify successful situations of technology use. The RPA has applications for monitoring, mapping, vegetation index (VI) extraction, volume, plant height, among others, and has been studied in several agricultural crops, being support for decision making on agrochemical application, planting failure, accompaniment of growth favoring the increase of crop productivity. One of the potentialities evaluated through RPA is the use of VI, which may be extracted from digital images obtained by cameras that contain only the visible band. It may be an alternative for farmers who do not have access to RPA coupled with high-tech embedded sensors. Therefore, it is a tool that may contribute to the decision making, allowing the acquisition of high spatial and temporal resolution images.

El objetivo de esta revisión fue examinar el uso actual de aeronaves pilotadas remotamente (RPA) en la obtención de datos para aplicaciones de la agricultura de precisión, ejemplificando situaciones exitosas de uso de la tecnología. La RPA tiene aplicaciones para monitoreo, mapeo, extracción de índice de vegetación (VI), volumen, altura de plantas, y ha sido estudiado en diversas culturas agrícolas, siendo soporte para toma de decisión sobre aplicación de agroquímicos, falla de plantación, acompañamiento del crecimiento y aumento de la productividad. Un potencial evaluadas por la RPA es el uso del VI, que puede ser extraído de imágenes digitales obtenidas por cámaras que contienen la banda visible. Siendo una alternativa para los agricultores que no tienen acceso a RPA acoplado a sensores de alta tecnología. Por lo tanto, es una herramienta que puede contribuir a la toma de decisiones, permitiendo la adquisición de imágenes de alta resolución espacial y temporal.


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L. M. dos Santos, G. A. e S. Ferraz, B. D. S. Barbosa, y A. D. Andrade, «Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review», DYNA, vol. 86, n.º 210, pp. 284–291, jul. 2019.


dos Santos, L.M., Ferraz, G.A. e S., Barbosa, B.D.S. y Andrade, A.D. 2019. Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review. DYNA. 86, 210 (jul. 2019), 284–291. DOI:


dos Santos, L. M.; Ferraz, G. A. e S.; Barbosa, B. D. S.; Andrade, A. D. Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review. DYNA 2019, 86, 284-291.


dos Santos, L. M., Ferraz, G. A. e S., Barbosa, B. D. S., & Andrade, A. D. (2019). Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review. DYNA, 86(210), 284–291.


DOS SANTOS, L. M.; FERRAZ, G. A. e S.; BARBOSA, B. D. S.; ANDRADE, A. D. Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review. DYNA, [S. l.], v. 86, n. 210, p. 284–291, 2019. DOI: 10.15446/dyna.v86n210.74701. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 ago. 2022.


dos Santos, Luana Mendes, Gabriel Araújo e Silva Ferraz, Brenon Diennevan Souza Barbosa, y Alan Delon Andrade. 2019. «Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review». DYNA 86 (210):284-91.


dos Santos, L. M., Ferraz, G. A. e S., Barbosa, B. D. S. y Andrade, A. D. (2019) «Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review», DYNA, 86(210), pp. 284–291. doi: 10.15446/dyna.v86n210.74701.


dos Santos, L. M., G. A. e S. Ferraz, B. D. S. Barbosa, y A. D. Andrade. «Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review». DYNA, vol. 86, n.º 210, julio de 2019, pp. 284-91, doi:10.15446/dyna.v86n210.74701.


dos Santos, Luana Mendes, Gabriel Araújo e Silva Ferraz, Brenon Diennevan Souza Barbosa, y Alan Delon Andrade. «Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review». DYNA 86, no. 210 (julio 1, 2019): 284–291. Accedido agosto 17, 2022.


dos Santos LM, Ferraz GA e S, Barbosa BDS, Andrade AD. Use of remotely piloted aircraft in precision agriculture: a review. DYNA [Internet]. 1 de julio de 2019 [citado 17 de agosto de 2022];86(210):284-91. Disponible en:

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