Editor’s Note
According to statistics, the possessing capacity of plant protection UAVs has reached 14,000 units in China, and their crop protection service exceeded 100 million mu (6.67 million Ha). China has about 134.8 million Ha of arable land. In 2018, the UAV crop protection area is expected to extend beyond 200 million mu (13.3 million Ha) to reach 300 million mu (20.0 million Ha) in China. Thus it can be seen that UAV crop protection is changing China's plant protection mode at an unprecedented pace, and changing the production mode of China's traditional agriculture.
At present, pesticide production companies, such as Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, FMC, Wynca, and Guangxi Tianyuan, and adjuvant manufacturers such as Solvay, Grand AgroChem, and Guilin Jiqi, have devoted themselves to the development of formulations and/or adjuvants in China, especially for UAV plant protection, by exerting their respective advantages.
  • Lack of superior and efficient UAV application-oriented formulations;
  • Lack of precision UAV pesticide spraying technologies;
  • Lack of consistent industrial standards and regulations to regulate the industrial behavior;
  • Lack of a sustainable operation model.
Expert dialogue
  • Antoine Vielliard

    Global Marketing Director at Solvay Novecare Agro

     UAV crop protection is a growing trend worldwide, in particular China, with agricultural drones providing all-in-one solutions primarily for precision farming and spraying of crops. This trend impacts tank mix adjuvants which are a key additive to enhance efficiency of drone spray. Based on Solvay 25 years' experience in this field, we reflect on trends in this market as well as on the future of innovation in tank mix adjuvants, with a focus on drone spray in China.
  • Qin Long

    The Director of Technology Center at Wynca

     Wynca started business deployment in aerial crop protection in 2015, as supported by Nongfeike service outlets all throughout China, which could enable the collection of data on aerial applications to various crops. Using its crop research institute as a strong backup, Wynca lays stress on development of products adapted to aerial applications. After years of hard work, Wynca has developed a number of products adaptable to aerial applications, such as the aerial application adjuvant “Revoiate”, which has received positive feedback from the market.
  • Li Weiguo

    President of Guangxi Tianyuan Biochemistry

     Guangxi Tianyuan started the research and development of formulations for drone plant protection (ULV formulation) in 2008. Since the initial registration in 2011, Guangxi Tianyuan has registered 14 products covering the entire process of rice and wheat pest and disease control, and increased sugar content from sugarcane, including the Chlorantraniliprole licensed by DuPont (now acquired by FMC).
  • Neill Newton M.S.

    Sr. Product Application Specialist, Product Technology and Engineering at Syngenta

     At Syngenta, we are investing time and resources across multiple regions to better understand this new delivery technology and the capabilities it offers, while ensuring the efficiency, effectiveness, and the ultimate safety of the operators, crops, and the environment.
  • Chen Tao

    The Marketing Director of DJI Agriculture Department China

     On the 3rd September 2018, crop protection service by DJI agricultural drone reached accumulatively over 100 million Mu (6.67 million Ha) of crop land. China has 2.025 billion Mu (134.8 million Ha) of cultivated land, DJI, as a single-brand product, has made the breakthrough in servicing of 100 million Mu (6.67 million Ha) of crop land.
  • He Xiongkui

    Spraying and Application Research Center of the China Agricultural University

     China currently lacks low?altitude and low-volume application technology by drones, and there is no corresponding professional spraying system either. The research, development and selection of suitable nozzles, the matching of nozzle and spray flow field, the design of the cartridge, the systematic research and development of dosing systems, and so on, are badly needed to optimize atomization and droplet deposition.
The effect of a good formulation can only be maximized with supportive application technology. " China currently lacks low-altitude and low-volume application technology by drones, and there is no corresponding professional spraying system either. The research, development and selection of suitable nozzles, the matching of nozzle and spray flow field, the design of the cartridge, the systematic research and development of dosing systems, and so on, are badly needed to optimize atomization and droplet deposition," said Professor He Xiongkui of the Spraying and Application Research Center of the China Agricultural University, in an interview with AgroPages. He also shared the latest progress of the ISO International Standard - Plant Protection Drones, which is being developed under the lead of China, is expected to be released in 2020.
Regarding the sustainable operation mode, a “4 in 1 community” development mode has been recommended in the industry, which is an integration of UAV operator, UAV, formulation and adjuvant products, and UAV plant protection technology. But there will always be various problems during its practical implementation.
In consideration of the above problems, AgroPages recently invited five companies of the four main bodies, including Solvay, Syngenta, Wynca, DJI Agriculture and Guangxi Tianyuan, which are well-known and have the discourse power in the industry, to have in-depth discussions.

Syngenta continues to unlock capabilities of UAV systems and refine formulation technology

Wynca: Strengthens development of formulation and adjuvant for UAV application, Nongfeike Platform plays an active role in establishing benign eco-market

Guangxi Tianyuan: Integrated Farming Services to Help Transform and Upgrade China's Agriculture

DJI: Forges premium crop protection UAVs and creates benign eco-market with partners



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Development Overview
  • In 2010, China's first plant protection drone was launched on the market.
  • In 2013, Plant protection by drones was commercially promoted nationally.
  • In 2014, the No. 1 Document of the Central Government clearly stated to "strengthen the construction of agricultural aviation".
  • In 2014, the operation area of aviation plant protection reached 0.67 million Ha.
  • In 2016, the former Ministry of Agriculture initiated the establishment of the "National Aviation Plant Protection Technology Innovation Alliance".
  • In 2016, the operation area of aviation plant protection reached 2.0 million Ha
  • In 2017, the possessing capacity of plant protection drones in China reached 14,000 units, and the operation area of aviation plant protection exceeded 6.67 million Ha.
  • In 2018, the operation area of aviation plant protection is expected to exceed 13.34 million Ha.
  • In 2020, an ISO International Standard - Plant Protection Drones, which is developed under the lead of China, is expected to be released
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