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Each year, approximately 60 new patents are issued by the U.S. Patent Office for USDA inventions. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) transfers these inventions through licenses to the private sector for commercialization. Below are links to the new technologies that are available for licensing. 





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An integrated set of sensors, microprocessor, and devices with software that remotely measures surface temperature and simultaneously acquires an image for the purposes of qualifying the sensed temperature. The system can be used to aide in precision irrigation management of center pivot or lateral move irrigation systems by providing surface temperature data for use in irrigation scheduling algorithms and automatic irrigation. The system can also be used in greenhouse environments and in drip irrigated fields to help monitor plant abiotic (drought, chemical) and biotic stresses (disease, insect infestation)       

                                                                                                               Potential Commercial Applications
- Crop irrigation scheduling and automation
- Detection of crop nutrient deficiencies, pests, weeds, and diseases
- Crop yield forecasting

Competitive Advantages
- Can detect whether sensor sees plant or soil thus improving data quality immensely
- Greatly improved irrigation scheduling
- Much cheaper acquisition of data critical for real-time crop management
- Improved accuracy in crop yield forecasting
- Water conservation



Last Modified: 2/27/2015
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