Drone Technology for Whitewashing Greenhouses


About the Technology

The XAGP30 is an aerial drone spraying system, fitted with a fully automated flight control system with GPS capacity. This system navigates the drone at centimetre-level accuracy, enabling the user to spray precisely and only where needed. Each drone holds 16L of liquid spray and the droplet size and flow rate can be easily adjusted. The drone can also be used in conjunction with an automatic refilling system that saves considerable time and reduces exposure risks by avoiding direct contact between the operator and the spray medium.

The Trial

A qualified, licensed drone pilot deployed a XAG P30 drone to spray whitewash medium over 7ha of commercial greenhouse covers in the Bundaberg region. The grower had previously employed both manual and helicopter-based spray methods.

This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:

  • Background
  • What the technology is
  • How the trial was done
  • Results
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

This case study also has a longer, more detailed report available here.

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Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.

Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative

The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

CQUniversity will not be liable for any damage arising directly or indirectly from reliance on information obtained from this document. It is provided in good faith without express or implied warranty. * All published costs and other details are current as of February 2023.