In Canopy Crop Health Sensing Technology
A remote sensing imaging system that combines a suspended camera with sampling probes, combined with unique image processing features.
In modern agriculture, early detection and intervention are crucial to maximizing crop yield and minimizing losses. Traditional methods of crop health monitoring, relying on human scouts positioned at field borders, are limited and often lead to subjective decisions and delayed detection of problems. Producers need a cost-effective and efficient solution to assess crop health accurately throughout the entire field, especially in the lower portion of the crop canopy where early signs of problems often appear unnoticed. The current model's post mortem analysis is ineffective for proactive intervention, necessitating a more advanced and precise sensing system that can provide real-time insights for timely crop management decisions.
The Unmanned Aerial Stinger-Suspended Crop Health Sensing System utilizes unmanned aerial systems (UAS) equipped with a specialized "stinger" appendage for remote sensing of crop health below the canopy. The system captures multiple images from within the crop canopy, enabling a comprehensive assessment of crop health. Through advanced image processing techniques and artificial intelligence, the technology develops image libraries and generates 3D models and point clouds from the collected images, providing in-depth data for precise crop health analysis.
In summary, the Unmanned Aerial Stinger-Suspended Crop Health Sensing System addresses the commercial need for accurate and efficient crop health monitoring. Its innovative approach, utilizing UAS and advanced image processing, offers various applications across precision agriculture, disease detection, nutrient management, and crop insurance assessment. The system's benefits lie in early detection, cost-effectiveness, data-driven decision-making, real-time monitoring, and improved crop management, all of which contribute to enhanced yields and sustainable agricultural practices.