The DJI AGRAS T16: An Appealing Solution for Banana Pest Control


DJI agricultural drones have been widely recognized in pest and disease control for rice, wheat, cotton, peanut, and other field crops. With the release of the Agras T16, what can this new drone do for controlling pests in fruit trees?



On March 28, 2019, a spraying team in Hainan, China used two T16 drones to tackle the spread of thrip and the black Sigatoka leaf spot throughout 16 hectares of banana trees in Dongfang City. 


“For fruit trees such as bananas, the spraying flow and droplet sedimentation of the T16 meet control requirements, as well as greatly improve the efficiency of operation,” Said Yang, an operational pilot on the scene.


The successful operation ran through March 2017, using the parameters listed below:



Environment Information


Land Type



Basuo County, Donfang, Hainan


Lv. 3

Temperature & Weather





Operation Parameters


Flight Mode

Route Operation

Flight Speed

4.5 m/s

Flight Altitude

2.5 m

Route Spacing

5.5 m

Volume per Hectare

174.2 ml

Nozzle Type




The banana trees were rooted in a flat terrain with regular land parcels, which is suitable for Route Operation mode (fully automatic). Since banana trees are tall and have multiple canopy layers, the team flew the T16 slowly to ensure adequate coverage of the sprayed solution. To guarantee the spraying effect and maximize the work efficiency, the team set the dosage per hectare to 174 ml and the flight speed to 4.5 m/s.



Pesticide and Fungicide Information


Pesticide/Fungicide Name


Concentration of Active Ingredient

Amount per Hectare


Emulsifiable Concentrate

45% Dursban

1.34 ml



450 g/L Imidacloprid

0.87 ml


Emulsifiable Concentrate

40% Difenoconazole·Pyraclostrobin

1.68 ml


Water Dispersible Granule

40% Spinetoram·Sulfoxaflor

0.27 ml


The purpose of this operation is to prevent the spread of thrip and the black Sigatoka leaf spot disease. The pesticides and fungicides mentioned above are recommended by chemists and are mixed and made suitable for aerial spraying.  


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