Dropcopter's mission is the automated pollination of orchard crops via unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), enabled by effective use of new technologies, driving farming efficiency and healthy crop yield growth.
As the world population soars from its present 6 billion people to over 9 billion within 30 years, food producers need to make the best possible use of their resources. Bees are a key part of the food chain, pollinating crops that account for about a third of the world's food supply; unfortunately, colony collapse has decimated their numbers by 50% in just the last 10 years.
To fill this gap in food production and help farmers significantly improve their crop yields, Dropcopter has developed a service using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to fly over orchard crops like almonds, apples, cherries, pears, and many other fruit, nut and seed crops. Flying pre-programmed automated paths about 10 feet over the tree canopy, Dropcopter delivers pollen to blossoms that face upward to the sun to augment or even replace traditional bee pollination.
Independent research has verified that Dropcopter's treatments increase crop yields by 25-50%. In addition, our precision flight path guarantees that all of an orchard's crops receive pollen, rather than relying on unpredictable patterns of bees. Dropcopter can also double the very short bloom window of trees by operating at night or in conditions of cold and wind that keep bee pollinators in their hives.
Dropcopter is excited to bring its tools, service and expertise to this business, helping farmers make the best use of their land to feed a hungry world.