UAVs and Used Farm Equipment

The West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota had a good article on used farm equipment values at auction.  It got me thinking into the next decade or two or three into the future as the UAV market matures and how initial growth can be properly worked into daily agriculture workflows.

Most equipment bought is expected to last for many, many years with little turnover, pricing for UAVs and related services will need to take this into account and the latest and greatest equipment upgrade may be delayed until the budget allows it.  UAVs should have a longer lifespan than an average 3yr computer lifespan, the airframes should be longer lasting with replaceable parts.  Sensors are also always improving and the hardware and software should be designed for easy swap-out with interchangeable standardized ports.

Depending on where the UAV market grows, a secondary used market should form in the next 5 years or so, and solutions need to be adaptable to new and old equipment (within technological reason of course).

These upgrades could be swapping out to entire models or under a hardware and/or software leasing arrangement with an affordable maintenance plan.  Also given that the US Congress will be more involved in 2015, there may be future tax incentives for future growth.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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