A researcher at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) in Greece is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to estimate crop yield.
“Crop yield is the most important piece of information for crop management in precision agriculture. Early crop yield estimations allow farmers to optimize farm operation scheduling, field management and product marketing decisions,” said AUA associate professor Spyros Fountas.
Fountas spoke about his research during the 2020 virtual Ag Tech Expo, hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
In many cases, yield is visually estimated by the grower, but this approach isn’t always the most time-efficient or accurate. With new agricultural technologies, many farm tasks are becoming automated, including yield estimations.
According to Fountas, crop-specific yield estimation models provide an accessible solution that drastically decreases uncertainty while minimizing application efforts. These models are developed by identifying which parameters influence crop growth and development the most.
Fountas says UAVs can cover large areas …..
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