CASNR Research Helps Cutting Edge Drone Technology Take Flight in the Agricultural Arena


Source - Texas Tech University

via Oklahoma Farm Report - 13 Nov 2017


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones, are being used in agriculture to help farmers work more efficiently and use fewer inputs. Researchers in Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are working with drones to develop advanced agricultural production practices.


Wenxuan Guo, an assistant professor in Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science, studies precision agriculture using drones along with other new technologies to conduct his research for optimized agricultural production.


"Based on these technologies, farmers can make a better decision on how to manage their crops, their fields and their farms. So, overall, we can produce more crops with the same amount of water and other resources," Guo said.


In agriculture, drones can often detect potential problems with a crop utilizing specialized sensors, such as infrared or thermal cameras and high-resolution video.


These tools allow farmers to locate, identify and address production-related issues before they can impact crops or livestock by observing different spectral signatures in the images.


Juan Cantu, a doctoral student in Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science, is working to develop a drone system that can estimate yield...