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.

The Need

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 Technology

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.

Commercial Applications

  • Precision Agriculture: The technology enables farmers and managers to monitor crop health with high-resolution imagery, facilitating targeted interventions and maximizing yields.

  • Disease and Pest Detection: The system's ability to detect and identify stressors and infestations, both biotic and abiotic, allows for early intervention and improved pest management strategies.

  • Nutrient Management: Accurate crop health assessment aids in identifying nutrient deficiencies, enabling optimized nutrient application and reducing waste.

  • Crop Insurance Assessment: Insurers can leverage the technology to evaluate crop health across vast areas efficiently, improving the accuracy of crop insurance assessments.


  • Early Detection and Intervention: By capturing images below the canopy, the technology facilitates early detection of crop health issues, allowing for proactive intervention and reducing yield losses.

  • Cost-Effectiveness: The use of UAS with the stinger appendage provides a cost-effective alternative to human crop scouts, covering larger areas with greater efficiency.

  • Data-Driven Decision Making: With advanced image processing and artificial intelligence, the system provides data-driven insights, reducing subjective decision-making and human error.

  • Real-time Monitoring: The technology enables real-time crop health monitoring, allowing farmers to make timely decisions based on accurate and up-to-date information.

  • Improved Crop Management: Precise and comprehensive crop health assessment improves overall crop management strategies, optimizing resource allocation and enhancing overall agricultural productivity.

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.

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