Drone Technology for Whitewashing Greenhouses


The Problem This Technology Aims to Solve

Traditional methods of whitewash application are time consuming, labour intensive and expensive. As the protected cropping sector continues to expand and greenhouse sizes increase, there is a clear need for an easier, safer and more cost-effective alternative.

About the Technology

The many advantages of drones include their low cost, lightweight design, accuracy and ability to be operated remotely. Drones fitted with storage tanks and spray units offer an alternative spraying method to traditional liquid applications, including whitewashing.

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

  • What the technology delivers
  • What is required from the farmer
  • How the technnology works
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

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.