Rantizo develops a set of price $145,000 drone sprayers Swarm for agriculture spraying
Rantizo company has developed a system that allows one drone pilot to autonomously fly three drones simultaneously. The system hardware includes drones, batteries, custom storage space, generators, water and chemical tanks, automatic chemical mixing equipment, etc. The price of this system is approximately $145,000, depending on the options selected.
agriculture drone sprayer can work together to spray or seed fields efficiently. In this case, a fleet of three drones works together to apply herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, nutrients and cover crop seeds. A single drone can cover up to 14 acres per hour. Three agricultural spraying drones can cover more land at the same time.
Michael Ott the CEO of Rantizo does not think drones will replace self-propelled or trailed sprayers or aircraft as the primary method of applying chemicals and fertilizers. He also expects planters and rigs to sow most of the cover crops. However, Ott sees drones as a valuable tool.
Ott claims drones can save time and money in field spraying and seeding. And, potentially increasing productivity and profit potential.
Ag Partners Cooperative in Seneca, Kansas, as an application services contractor, was one of the first companies to purchase unmanned aerial systems from Rantizo. The cooperative sells seeds, chemicals, fertilizers and custom sprays.
In May, the co-op used Rantizo's drone system to spray fungicides and insecticides on approximately 400 acres of alfalfa, hard winter wheat and grain rye. According to Ethan Noll, head of digital farming at Ag Partners, many of these lands are either too wet to use ground rigs, or because of the terraced fields, drones are easier to use.
Although the price of system is relatively expensive, with its excellent performance Rantizo has a growing network of about 40 contractors, such as Ag Partners, that can provide growers with custom drone applications. The company has federal licenses to fly drone swarms in 48 states, and as of late May had licenses in 19 states.