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Research Project: Developing Aerial Application and Remote Sensing Technologies for Improved Effect of Sprayed Crop Production and Protection Materials

Location: Crop Production Systems Research

Project Number: 6066-22000-081-03-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2016
End Date: Apr 30, 2021

The objectives of this research include: 1) To develop engineering technologies of aerial application for spray systems modeling and simulation, spray systems evaluation and configuration, spray systems operation, and spray sampling and characterization; and 2) To develop innovative remote sensing systems and methods with global and regional navigation satellite systems and geographic information system for application boundary determination, spray system prescription, and spray effect evaluation.

The collaborative works will be conducted jointly by Crop Production Systems Research Unit (CPSRU), Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center (JWDSRC), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)and the National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture (NERCITA), Beijing, China. The collaboration will involve in research and development of state-of-the-art engineering technologies of aerial application for high efficiency and efficacy of spraying crop production and protection materials and innovative methodological development of remote sensing for describing crop growth status and characterizing crop stress to provide accurate data and information for site-specific crop management to determine application boundary, provide spray prescription, and evaluate the effect of aerial application. Specially, the collaborative project will cover all “but not limited to” the following aspects: 1) new spray modeling and simulation systems; 2) spray systems evaluation and configuration; 3) spray systems navigation and control; 4) spray sampling and characterization techniques; 5) crop stress detection methods of remote sensing; 6) application prescription with remote sensing data; and 7) spray effect evaluation through remote sensing. The collaborative research and development will be conducted with lab study and field experiments in the experiment base of NERCITA in China and the labs and research farms of USDA ARS CPSRU in Stoneville, MS, USA. The research and development will be conducted at locations of the two parties. The results of the research will be shared by the two parties, and delivered as Science Citation Index (SCI) peer reviewed journal publications with mutual authorship.