1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Use data gathered during harvest to develop and improve crop management tools.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Test plots located on the Texas High Plains will be planted with multiple cotton varieties and grown under irrigated and non-irrigated conditions. Remote sensing of the plots at various stages of growth will be performed to evaluate the status of the plants. The plots will be harvested with a machine equipped with a yield monitor. The yield data will be correlated with the remote sensing data to develop yield prediction algorithms.
Cotton harvesting studies were conducted during the 2008 harvest season to collect yield map data on multi-variety test plots. These data were correlated with remotely sensed reflectance data collected at three times during the growing season to evaluate the ability for the different varieties to perform under different levels of environmental stress. Performance was evaluated on biomass production and yield. Additional studies are planned for the 2009 harvest season. The ADODR monitored activities via email and phone calls at least once every quarter and weekly during the months of October through December.