US Agricultural Drone Market: Current Analysis and Forecast (2019-2025)


Emphasis on Drone Type (Fixed-Wing, Multi-Rotor, Hybrid), Application (Field Mapping, Crop Spraying, Agricultural Photography, Crop Monitoring, Soil Monitoring) and Region (Mid-West, South, Northeast, West)









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United States Agriculture Drone market was valued at US$ 72.10 million in 2018 and is anticipated to reach US$ 144.8 million by 2025 displaying explosive CAGR of 9.96% over the forecast period (2019-2025). With the rapid technological breakthrough, farmers are opting for agricultural drones to enhance their agricultural productivity. Being one of the newest and efficient tools in agriculture, they assist the farmers in a wide range of tasks from analyzing, planning to the actual planting of crops, and the subsequent monitoring of fields to ascertain the health and growth of crops. Furthermore, surging investments by established players along with the favorable government policies are expected to allow large and small operations to aid in effective farming practices. For instance, in 2016, US investments in agricultural drones and robotic technology amounted to US$ 389 million and approximately 40 companies raised funds. Investors such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Mitsui have backed various emerging start-ups for improving, harvesting, crop spraying and irrigation. The rising trend of implementation of UAVs for enhanced productivity and increasing awareness of precision agriculture for crop scouting and field mapping is expected to drive the adoption of drone in agriculture sector in the US. US has the highest adoption rate of aerial agriculture drones. It has been primarily adopted for crop dusting efficiency over large fields and precision agriculture and farm management. Labor shortages in the country, reduced input requirements and high yield efficiency coupled with various other incentives have been catalyzing factors influencing the growth of agriculture drones in the United States

“Fixed Wing Drone is expected to dominate the US agriculture drone market during the analyzed period.”

Based on drone type, the report segments the US agricultural drone market into fixed-wing drones, multi-rotor drones and hybrid drones. Fixed-wing Agriculture drones hold the maximum market (47.2% share) and are expected to keep its dominating over the forecast period as they provide exact information and ensure the effective monitoring of the agriculture field. Fixed-wing agriculture drones are considered to be the best choice to monitor the field hence, they occupy the lead share in the market.

“Crop spraying as an agriculture drone application dominates the market in 2018 and is expected to dominate the market during the analyzed period.”

Based on application, the market is segmented into field mapping, soil monitoring, agriculture photography, crop spraying, crop monitoring. Crop spraying generated revenue of US$ 19.45 million in 2018. The segment is expected to dominate the US agriculture drone market during the analyzed period as the devices installed to support the farmers by measuring the distances with extreme precision. Application of crop sprayer results in a massive reduction in overall spray and much lower chemical level reaching the groundwater. With the usage of agriculture drones, the farmers can complete spraying jobs about 5 times faster than traditional methods. Crop Monitoring segments are expected to witness highest rate of adoption of drones in the US in coming years.

Commercial and Agriculture Drones Statistics, US, 2017-2022 (Million, Thousand, %)

“Mid-West the largest crop-growing region dominated the adoption of drone in the US agriculture sector in 2018”

For a better understanding of the overall adoption of the agriculture drone in the US, detailed regional level analysis was conducted including North East, Midwest, South and West regions. Among all these regions, the Mid-West region is expected to witness considerable growth over the analyzed period due to increasing technological advancement and infrastructural development in the region.

Competitive Landscape-Top 10 Market Players

Some of the major players operating in the US agricultural drone market include Aero Vironment Inc, Trimble Inc, AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc., Precision Hawk, Senetra, Drone Deploy, Deveron, DJI, Intel, and John Deere Company. These companies are entering into partnership or investing in R&D to come up with innovative products for the agricultural sector. US agricultural drone market also witnessed emergence of various start-ups in recent past.

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  • The study includes market sizing and forecasting analysis validated until 2025. The analysis presented in the report is a combination of deep-dive secondary research and input from Key Opinion Leader of the industry
  • The report presents a quick review of overall industry performance at one glance
  • The report covers in-depth analysis of prominent industry peers with a primary focus on key business financials, product portfolio, expansion strategies and recent developments
  • Detailed examination of drivers, restraints, key trends and opportunities prevailing in the industry.
  • Examination of industry attractiveness with the help of Porter’s Five Forces analysis
  • The study comprehensively covers the market across different segments and sub-segments
  • Deep dive regional level analysis of the industry such as North, Mid-West, South and West
  • The study also covers the comprehensive region-wise analysis in the United States

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1.1Market Definition
  1.2Objective of the Study
  1.5Currency used in the Report
  1.6Scope of the United States Agriculture Drone Market Study
 2.1Research Methodology for the United States Agriculture Drone Market Study
   2.1.1Main objective of the United States Agriculture Drone Market Study
4.1Advantages of Microinverters:
   5.1.1Potential Benefits and Value Addition:
   5.1.2Agriculture Drone Developments in Recent Years in the United States:
  5.2Market Dynamics
   5.2.1Market Trend & Drivers benefits of Agricultural Drones in Precision Agriculture Demand for Food owing to Surging Population facts about Nutrition, Farming, and Crop Varieties in the United States Getting Stronger with Big Data Research & Development Investments
   5.2.2Market Challenges of Internet Connectivity in Rural Areas Initial Costs of Purchase Parameters
   5.2.3Market Opportunities application of Telematics in Agriculture Job Opportunities
 6.1General Overview
   6.1.1Data Privacy Concerns in the United States
   6.1.2Estimations are done by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
   6.1.3Legal Framework in respect to Agricultural Drones in the United States
7.1Demand Side Analysis
   7.1.1Facts about Consumption patterns in the United States:
  7.2Supply Side Analysis
   7.2.1Key Facts on Commercial Drones in the United States
   7.2.2Top Partnerships
   7.2.3Top Mergers & Acquisitions
   7.2.4Top Funding Investments Undertaken in Drone Technology in the United States Aviation–eVTOL Still in Focus Hawk–Automate Deploy
   7.2.5Top Business Expansion
   7.2.6Top Product Launches Funded Drone Start-up’s (US$ million)
   7.2.7Top Start-ups under Agriculture Drone Technology in United States
  9.2Things to Consider Before Developing Drone Solutions in Agriculture
   9.2.1Determining Goals
   9.2.2Studying the Legislation
   9.2.3Deciding on the Drone Hardware
   9.2.4Selecting the Type of Drone Software
   9.2.5Developing Custom-Made Drone Software
  9.3Business Impact of Agriculture Drones
   9.3.2Input Application
10.1Case Study: NorthStar Robotics
   10.1.1Problem Faced
  10.2Case Study: Prairie Robotics
   10.2.1Problem Faced
 11.1General Overview
   11.1.1Fixed-wing Drone to Fly Fixed Wing Agriculture Drone Site Up to 2.6X Faster Labor costs by up to US$385 Per Mission 2X more projects per week remote sites within a 5X larger fight radius Corridors up to 3X Longer
   11.1.2Multi-Rotor Drone
   11.1.3Hybrid Drone
 12.1General Overview
   12.1.1Field Mapping
   12.1.2Agriculture Photography Example: Agriculture: Early Plant Disease Detection from Multispectral Imaging has the following benefits:
   12.1.3Crop Spraying
   12.1.4Crop Monitoring
   12.1.5Soil Monitoring Sensors Installed in Agriculture Drones Sensors Sensors
   12.1.6Other Applications Rate Technology Monitoring Tracking and Forecasting Features of Ag Premium Weather:
 13.1United States Agriculture Drone Market
   13.1.1Adoption of Precision Agriculture in United States in Corn and Soybean Farms (%)
   13.1.2United States Agriculture Drone Market Share by Region
   13.1.3United States Agriculture Drone Market Size by Region United States Agriculture Drone Market on Agriculture Sector in the Mid-West (US) United States Agriculture Drone Market by Drone Type United States Agriculture Drone Market by Application United States Agriculture Drone Market (2019-2025) on Agriculture Sector in the South (US) United States Agriculture Drone Market by Drone Type United States Agriculture Drone Market by Application East United States Agriculture Drone Market (2019-2025) on Agriculture Sector in the Northeast (US) East United States Agriculture Drone Market by Drone Type East United States Agriculture Drone Market by Application United States Agriculture Drone Market (2019-2025) on Agriculture Sector in the West (US) United States Agriculture Drone Market by Drone Type United States Agriculture Drone Market by Application
 14.1Porter’s Five forces analysis
   14.1.1Bargaining power of Supplier
   14.1.2Bargaining power of Buyer
   14.1.3Industry Rivalry
   14.1.4Availability of Substitute
   14.1.5Threat of new Entrants
  14.2Competitive Landscape
   14.2.1Market Share of Key Players in Agriculture Drone Market in United States, 2018
 15.1AeroVironment Inc
   15.1.1Key Facts 
   15.1.2Business Description
   15.1.3Key Product/Services Offerings
   15.1.4Growth Strategy
   15.1.5SWOT Analysis
   15.1.6Key Financials Split by Region and Segment Overview of AeroVironment Inc
   15.1.7Recent Developments Launches Inc Partnerships (Strategic Alliance) Expansions Acquisitions
  15.2Trimble Inc. 
   15.2.1Key Facts 
   15.2.2Business Description
   15.2.3List of Trimble Companies
   15.2.4Key Product/Services Offerings
   15.2.5Growth Strategy
   15.2.6SWOT Analysis
   15.2.7Key Financials Split Overview of Trimble Inc
   15.2.8Recent Developments Launch (Strategic Alliance)
  15.3Deere and Company
   15.3.1Key Facts 
   15.3.2Business Description
   15.3.3Key Product/Services Offerings
   15.3.4Growth Strategy
   15.3.5SWOT Analysis
   15.3.6Key Financials Split Overview of Deere & Company
   15.3.7Recent Developments Launch Expansion & Investments
  15.4AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc
   15.4.1Key Facts 
   15.4.2Business Description
   15.4.3Key Product/Services Offerings
   15.4.4Some other Offerings of the Company
   15.4.5Growth Strategy Growth Strategy of the company
   15.4.6SWOT Analysis
   15.4.7Key Financials Split Overview of AgEagle Aerial Systems
   15.4.8Recent Developments Launch Expansions (Strategic Alliance) & Acquisitions
  15.5Drone Deploy 
   15.5.1Key Facts 
   15.5.2Business Description
   15.5.3Key Product/Services Offerings Lifecycle of Drone Deploy Markets Served by Drone Deploy of Drones in Agriculture
   15.5.4Growth Strategy
   15.5.5SWOT Analysis
   15.5.6Recent Developments Launch (Strategic Alliance) Expansions and Investments
  15.6DJI Technology Co Ltd
   15.6.1Key Facts 
   15.6.2Business Description
   15.6.3Key Product/Services Offerings
   15.6.4DJI Growth Strategy
   15.6.5SWOT Analysis
   15.6.6Recent Developments Launch (Strategic Alliance) Expansion & Investments
  15.7Deveron UAS Corp
   15.7.1Key Facts 
   15.7.2Business Description
   15.7.3Key Product/Services Offerings and Service Category of the Company Process of the Company
   15.7.4Key Financials Split Overview of Deveron UAS Group
   15.7.5Recent Developments Launch (Strategic Alliance) Expansions & Acquisitions
  15.8Intel Corporation
   15.8.1Key Facts 
   15.8.2Business Description
   15.8.3Key Product/Services Offerings
   15.8.4Intel Corporation Growth Strategy
   15.8.5Intel Commitments
   15.8.6Milestones Achieved by Intel Corporation
   15.8.7SWOT Analysis
   15.8.8Key Financials Split Overview of Intel Corporation
   15.8.9Recent Developments Launches (Strategic Alliance)
  15.9Precision Hawk 
   15.9.1Key Facts 
   15.9.2Business Description
   15.9.3Key Product/Services Offerings & Solutions Offered
   15.9.4Investors List of Precision Hawk
   15.9.5Precision Hawk Growth Strategy
   15.9.6Milestones Achieved by Precision Hawk
   15.9.7SWOT Analysis
   15.9.8Recent Developments Launches (Strategic Alliance) Expansions & Investments Acquisitions
   15.10.1Key Facts 
   15.10.2Business Description
   15.10.3Key Product/Services Offerings
   15.10.4Journey of Sentera
   15.10.5Sentera Key Capabilities
   15.10.6SWOT Analysis
   15.10.7Recent Developments Launches (Strategic Alliance) Expansion & Investments

Research Methodology

Analyzing historical market, estimation of the current market and forecasting the future market for the United States agriculture drone technology were the three major steps undertaken to create and analyze the adoption trend of agriculture drone technologies in the major crop-growing region of United States. Exhaustive secondary research was conducted to collect the historical market numbers to estimate the current market size. Secondly, to validate these insights, numerous findings and assumptions were taken into consideration. Moreover, exhaustive primary interviews were conducted with industry experts across the value chain of the agriculture drone market. Post assumption and validation of market numbers through primary interviews, bottom-up approach was employed to forecast the complete market size of the US agriculture drone market. Thereafter, market breakdown and data triangulation methods were adopted to estimate and analyze the market size of segments and sub-segments the industry pertains to. Detailed methodology is explained below:

Analysis of Historical Market Size

Step 1: In-Depth Study of Secondary Sources:

Detail secondary study was conducted to obtain the historical market size of the US agriculture drone market through company internal sources such as annual report & financial statements, performance presentations, press releases, inventory records, sales figures etc., and external sources including trade journals, news & articles, government publications, economic data, competitor publications, sector reports, regulatory bodies publications, safety standard organizations, third-party database and other credible publications. For economic data collection, sources such as Trading Economics, Trade Map, World Bank, IMF, FAO among others were used.

Step 2: Market Segmentation:

After obtaining the historical market size of the US agriculture drone market, a detailed secondary analysis was conducted to gather historical market insights and share for different segments & sub-segments for major crop-growing regions in the US. Major segments included in the report are drone type and application. Further analysis was also done for different regions to analyze the overall adoption of the technique in that particular region of the US.

Step 3: Factor Analysis:

After acquiring the historical market size of different segments and sub-segments, detailed factor analysis was conducted to estimate the current market size of the US agriculture drone market. Factor analysis was conducted using dependent and independent variables such as the purchasing power of farmers, the size of the farmland and consumer behavior towards the adoption of agriculture drone technology. The demand and supply-side scenario were also thoroughly studied by considering top partnerships, merger and acquisition, business expansion, product launches and analyzing the list of start-ups in the agriculture drone industry in the United States.

Current Market Size Estimate & Forecast

Current Market Sizing: Based on actionable insights from the above 3 steps, we arrived at the current market size, key players in the US agriculture drone market and market shares of these players. All the required percentage shares split, and market breakdowns were determined using the above-mentioned secondary approach and were verified through primary interviews.

Estimation & Forecasting: For market estimation and forecast, weight was assigned to different factors including drivers & trends, restraints, and opportunities available for the industrial stakeholders. After analyzing these factors, relevant forecasting techniques i.e. Bottom-up approach was applied to arrive at the market forecast pertaining to 2025 for different segments and sub-segments in major regions of the US. The research methodology adopted to estimate the market size encompasses:

  • The industry’s market size, in terms of value (US$) and penetration rate of agriculture drone technique in the major crop-growing region of the US
  • All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns of market segments and sub-segments
  • Key players in the US agriculture drone industry in terms of their product portfolio, technologies offered as well as market share. Also, the growth strategies adopted by these players to compete in the fast-growing market

Market Size and Share Validation

Primary Research: In-depth interviews were conducted with the Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) including Top Level Executives (CXO/VPs, Sales Head, Marketing Head, Operational Head, and Regional Head, Country Head, etc.) in the US. Primary research findings were summarized, and statistical analysis was performed to prove the stated hypothesis. Inputs from primary research were consolidated with secondary findings, hence turning information into actionable insights.

Split of Primary Participants in Different Regions

Market Engineering

Data triangulation technique was employed to complete the overall market estimation and to arrive at precise statistical numbers of each segment and sub-segment pertaining to the agriculture drone market in the United States. Data was split into several segments & sub-segments post studying various parameters and trends in the areas of drone type, and application of agriculture drone in the US.

Main objective of the United States Agriculture Drone Market Study

The current & future market trends of the US agriculture drone are pinpointed in the study. Investors can gain strategic insights to base their discretion for investments from the qualitative and quantitative analysis performed in the study. Current and future market trends would determine the overall attractiveness of the market at a regional level, providing a platform for the industrial participant to exploit the untapped market to benefit as a first-mover advantage. Other quantitative goals of the studies include:

  • Analyze the current and forecast market size of the US agriculture drone in terms of value (US$). Also, analyze the current and forecast market size of different segments and sub-segments of the technology
  • Segments in the study include drone type and application
  • Analyze the value chain involved with the presence of various intermediaries, along with analyzing customer and competitor behaviors pertaining to the industry
  • Define and analysis of the government regulations for agriculture drone in the US
  • Detailed analysis of used case study of the agriculture drone technology among the US farmers
  • Analyze the current and forecast market size of the technology for the US. Major regions studied in the report include Mid-West, South, North East and the West. Country-level analysis is also conducted in the report

Define and analyze the competitive landscape of the US agriculture drone and the growth strategies adopted by the market players to sustain in the fast-growing market