Improving agricultural water efficiency with unmanned aircraft

Wayne Woldt, Christopher Neale, Derek Heeren, Eric Frew, George Meyer

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This paper describes a recently funded USDA/NIFA research project to advance new crop irrigation technology, using unmanned aircraft to assist with crop management decisions. The project goal is to improve net water use efficiency for row crop agriculture. This research integrates the use of unmanned aircraft, new sensor systems, and information technology to assist growers with important crop information for emerging agricultural irrigation technologies, including highly-complex, variable rate irrigation (VRI) systems. The basic research challenge involves the synthesis and utilization of data and associated time domain information across spatially-variable crop production fields in the Midwest, multi-scale sensor networks, and an emphasis on the contribution of UAS remotely sensed data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018
EventAUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 - Denver, United States
Duration: May 1 2018May 3 2018


Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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