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Title: Development of an integration sensor and instrumentation system for measuring crop conditions

item Lan, Yubin
item Huang, Yanbo
item Hoffmann, Wesley

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/20/2008
Publication Date: 9/20/2008
Citation: Lan, Y., Zhang, H., Lacey, R., Huang, Y., Hoffmann, W.C. 2008. Development of an integration sensor and instrumentation system for measuring crop conditions. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Houston, TX.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: In agricultural production, biomass density, crop height, and degree of coverage are important parameters for the assessment of crop conditions. Based on these parameters, the amount of fertilizers and pesticides for site-specific crop management can be optimized. An integrated sensor and instrumentation system will be developed to measure real-time crop conditions including normalized difference vegetative index (NDVI), biomass, crop canopy structure, and crop height. Individual sensor components will be calibrated and tested under laboratory and field conditions prior to system integration. The integration system includes crop height sensor, crop canopy analyzer for leaf area index and Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR), NDVI sensor, multispectral camera, and a hyperspectral radiometer. The system will be interfaced with a DGPS receiver to provide spatial coordinate for all sensor readings. Data will be imported into a GIS for georeferencing purposes. The experimental design will be a randomized complete block (3 reps) with treatments arranged as split-split plots. The SAS Proc Glimmix will be used for data analyses. Multisensory data fusion will integrate and analyze data from these sensors to provide an assessment of crop structure and environment.