Pest Control Case Study

Cherry Trees

As a valuable plant with tremendous economic benefits, cherry trees mature early and produce abundant fruit. However, they are often exposed to a variety of pests and diseases, with their trunks, foliage, flowers, and fruits susceptible to pests and germs. Therefore, learning how to repel these threats efficiently is something that must be seriously considered as the growing season continues.

Spraying Team Introduction

Dalian Yitian Aviation Technology Co., Ltd has five core members, two agricultural technicians, and several drone pilots and ground staff members. The company has cooperated with more than 30 drone pilots and has established the Yitian Spray Alliance (YSA). The team provides dedicated spraying plans for a variety of different plants, such as wheat, rice, corn, soybeans, peanuts, green onions, horseradish, cherries, apples, filbert, and other gardening plants. Today, their total spraying area covers over 4.2 million acres of land (1.74 million hectares).

Dalian is home to over 2.4 million acres of cherry trees, which requires at least nine spraying operations each year. Realizing this, YSA reached out to farmers for cooperation. Initially, the local community was skeptical of YSA’s services. Most stated that “a cherry tree is about 4 meters high, and since its leaves are often thick, spraying should be done by hand, not drones.”

To alleviate these doubts, YSA staff member Liu Hongyu contacted Ye Hang, who has sprayed more than 47,000 acres of cherry trees in Shaanxi. After much consultation, Liu Hongyu sprayed 13 acres of cherry trees as a way of demonstrating the value of drone technology for pest control. The farmers were convinced and placed an order for an additional 2,000 acres to be sprayed. Below is an overview of how this order was fulfilled.

Environment Information

Operating Date2018.05.19LocationDalian, Shandong, China
Terrain TypeHillTemperature and WindLv. 3 South Wind

Operation Parameters

Operation ModeRoute OperationFlight Speed3.1 m/s
Flight Altitude1.5 mRoute Spacing5 m
Volume per hectare0.1 LNozzle TypeFan-shaped nozzle

Before spraying begins, it is important to determine the spacing of the rows of cherry trees. Since cherry trees are often planted relatively far from each other, typical spacing between rows is about 5 m. Consequently, agriculture drones must fly above each row while spraying to maximize the use of pesticides. 

Pesticide Information

Pesticide NameDosage FormEffective Composition and ContentDosage/ha
Lambda-cyhalothrinMicroemulsion2.5%3.35 ml
ZinebDissolvable Powder 65%4.69 g
Triflumizole, TrifloxystrobinSuspension Concentrate42.8%2.01 ml
SpreaderEmulsifiable Concentrate1.68 ml

* Dissolvable powder was used in this case. Next time, communicate with farmers in advance and try to avoid such agents, as they might block the spray system and affect the spraying results.

These pesticides were provided by farmers for pest control and should be mixed according to the directions printed on the label. After the Route Operation has finished, remember to fly the drone along the edges of the field and spray the trees there as well.

Effect of spraying 

Leaves seriously harmed by pests (L) Leaves with droplets evenly sprayed on (R)

After spraying, farmers physically examined the field to obtain relevant results. Since the Zineb used that day was blue (by containing blue vitriol), it was easy for them to see that the droplets were evenly and densely sprayed all over the leaves.


Farmers were delighted with the spraying result and said they would continue using the T16 for spraying in the future. Throughout this operation, we discovered the best weather for spraying cherry trees is in a windless setting, or when wind speed is under 3 m/s. Route Operation mode is recommended to avoid repetition or omission in spraying. It is also recommended to turn off the high-precision terrain detection radar, and use the barometer to set the height. Remember to fly the drone at a height of approximately 1.5 m over the crops, and since some plants are four or five meters high, pilots need to fine-tune when necessary.


Warn prompt: Τhe content and parameters provided here are just for your reference. You should adjust the operation mode and the parameters and use a correct way to spray your field according to the different weather, the crop characters, the habit or history of using chemicals (you could change other chemicals in case that the resistance occurs), etc. If you are not sure what operation parameters you will choose or not sure about the spraying efficacy, then you should firstly do a small plot test in this field before a big area spray.