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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Frost-Induced Changes in Spectral Characteristics of Grain Sorghum.

Authors
item Pinter Jr, Paul
item Fitzgerald, Glenn
item Kimball, Bruce
item Wall, Gerard
item Ottman, M - UNIV OF ARIZONA
item Rokey, Ric
item Maneely, Suzette

Submitted to: Agronomy Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: November 13, 2003
Publication Date: November 6, 2003
Citation: Pinter Jr, P.J., Fitzgerald, G.J., Kimball, B.A., Wall, G.W., Ottman, M.J., Rokey, R.R., Maneely, S.M. 2003. Frost-induced changes in spectral characteristics of grain sorghum.. Agronomy Abstracts CD Rom (03-Pinter163003-O).

Technical Abstract: Visible and near-infrared spectral properties of grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) were observed using wideband and hyperspectral radiometers in Arizona. Field measurements that were taken before and after the later-planted, 1998 crop was damaged by frost, displayed temporal dynamics that were correlated with visual scores of leaf injury and were different from those observed under more typical senescence conditions the fololowing year. Field data were also compared with changes in spectra measured on detached leaves following their exposure to -5 C for 1 h. These laboratory observations, which were made from 350 to 2500 nm using an integrating sphere, showed decreases in reflectance and increases in transmittance shortly after thawing. Derivative spectra show the red edge narrowing and shifting about 14 nm toward shorter wavelengths. As the damaged leaves dehydrated over a several hour period, there was a gradual rise in reflectance and a decline in transmittance. Implications are discussed for using widely accepted vegetation indices (e.g., NDVI) and specific hyperspectral features such as the red edge in remote sensing approaches for determining the extent of frost damage to a crop.

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