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Walmart wants drones to take care of crops

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Walmart is betting on large drones becoming an integral part of the shopping experience. Patents submitted by the company detail drones that go shopping for you, scan shelves for troubleshooting, perform the delivery, and there is even a floating hot air balloon warehouse is considered. But Walmart is not stopping there, it wants drones on farms, too.

As Reuters reports, 56 percent of Walmart’s revenue comes from the sale of groceries. If the company can save money on the production of messages, it’s going to have a big impact on the profit margins. With that in mind, the company has filed six patents relating to the use of drones on farms.

The patents describe drones in crop monitoring and precision spraying of insecticides as the insects or the damage they cause is spotted. Not only would this mean that a better monitoring of the drones to be able to function, 24 hours per day, it would also allow for much more limited use of chemical substances in comparison with today, where all fields are repeatedly sprayed.

The same can also be applied to the use of fertilizers and other of the patents described drones carrying pollen so as to ensure a better pollination of the crop.

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Less chemical use, faster to respond and destruction of pests, more intelligent distribution of fertilizer, and better pollination of crops, should mean higher crop yields with lower costs. The end result is a cheaper product for Walmart, and hopefully also consumers.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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