UAVs and Detecting Agriculture Field Conditions

Kansas State University is currently running trials with UAVs over farm fields to look for the Russian wheat aphid and wheat stripe rust, also commonly referred to as “yellow rust.”  It is a three year project and in cooperation with Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, so the study will have a global impact.

The current process is to detect these commodity quality threats by hand, and this project appears to make more complete evaluations on possible yield reductions and allow planning for mitigation efforts.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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