Drone Spraying

Challenges and how they will be addressed

The excessive use of Plant Protection Products (PPPs), sub-optimal spraying systems together with spray drift (PPs reaching non-targeted plants, animals, humans ect) and lack of knowledge surrounding drone spray settings and their impact cause considerable environmental harm.

This UC will develop and utilise a robust protocol for safe and efficient drone spraying systems by testing and optimising drone spraying parameters and configurations, comparing them to conventional practices and assessing risks and mitigation strategies for their uptake. 


1. Test and assess

Test and assess spraying configurations for optimal drone spraying applications in field conditions

2. Compare

Compare the efficiency and environmental impact of existing conventional practices with drone spraying practices

3. Identify

Identify risks and develop mitigation strategies related to drone-based plant protection applications

Tech components and data

  • Meteorological IoT stations 
    • Weather data during sprayings
  • Spraying drone and spraying components (i.e., various nozzle types, computer vision systems) 
    • Spray drift, deposition and coverage, canopy penetration samples 
  • Conventional ground sprayer – 
    • Reference data for common practices

Expected outcomes

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Optimal drone spraying settings for arable and 3D crops



Measurable benefits in spraying quality and spray drift compared to ground sprayers



Guidelines for drone spraying that ensure minimal exposure to agrochemicals in order to safeguard public health

Use Case Leader

Vasilis Psiroukis

Use Case Partner

Francesca Ydraiou

Location of the Use Case

Attica and Viotia Regions, Greece

Drone Stakeholders survey (e.g. Drone manufacturers, Drone service providers, Software developers)

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