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Distinguishing plant population and variety with UAV-derived vegetation indices
Author(s): Joseph Oakes; Maria Balota
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Paper Abstract

Variety selection and seeding rate are two important choice that a peanut grower must make. High yielding varieties can increase profit with no additional input costs, while seeding rate often determines input cost a grower will incur from seed costs. The overall purpose of this study was to examine the effect that seeding rate has on different peanut varieties. With the advent of new UAV technology, we now have the possibility to use indices collected with the UAV to measure emergence, seeding rate, growth rate, and perhaps make yield predictions. This information could enable growers to make management decisions early in the season based on low plant populations due to poor emergence, and could be a useful tool for growers to use to estimate plant population and growth rate in order to help achieve desired crop stands. Red-Green-Blue (RGB) and near-infrared (NIR) images were collected from a UAV platform starting two weeks after planting and continued weekly for the next six weeks. Ground NDVI was also collected each time aerial images were collected. Vegetation indices were derived from both the RGB and NIR images. Greener area (GGA- the proportion of green pixels with a hue angle from 80° to 120°) and a* (the average red/green color of the image) were derived from the RGB images while Normalized Differential Vegetative Index (NDVI) was derived from NIR images. Aerial indices were successful in distinguishing seeding rates and determining emergence during the first few weeks after planting, but not later in the season. Meanwhile, these aerial indices are not an adequate predictor of yield in peanut at this point.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10218, Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping II, 102180G (16 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262631
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Joseph Oakes, Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC (United States)
Maria Balota, Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10218:
Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping II
J. Alex Thomasson; Mac McKee; Robert J. Moorhead, Editor(s)

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