Project Details:

Development of UAV Technologies for Soybean and Small Grain Crops

Parent Project: This is the first year of this project.
Checkoff Organization:Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board
Categories:Technology, Agronomy
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Project Year:2020
Lead Principal Investigator:Randy Price (Dean Lee Research Station, Louisiana State University)
Co-Principal Investigators:
Boyd Padgett (Louisiana State University)
Sebe Brown (Louisiana State University AgCenter)
David Moseley (University of Arkansas)

Information and Results

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Project Summary

Drones have been used for years to help identify the overall plant health of crops, but the cost of that equipment has been a limitation for many farmers. This study is investigating comparable effectiveness from less-expensive drones when coupled with proper data processing and data interpretation.

Project Objectives

Test thermal camera on corn irrigation water flow and other crop uses.
- New drone with FLIR Camera - 30 fps / crisp video feed / 30-minute flight time

Continue insect and pest damage assessment with both RGB, NIR, and Thermal cameras.
- Work on the early detection of pest and diseases
- Develop spot spraying with sprayer drones
- Continue research on RGB cameras for field variability detection

Project Deliverables

Progress of Work

Final Project Results

Benefit to Soybean Farmers

Performance Metrics

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