Texas A&M AgriLife researchers push drones to ‘read the weeds’

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Even barely poking through the ground, weeds are distinctive. Determining the right tools for early identification and control are the goals of an ongoing Texas A&M AgriLife Research project.

Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, AgriLife Research weed scientist in College Station, is using unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to “read the weeds.” Continue reading

Big data is coming to agriculture

By Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife

Unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous tractors and other technologies will continue to emerge as producers meet world food needs in the near and distant future, according to experts.

Those experts believe technology will continue to emerge and make possible giant leaps throughout the next decade as agriculture industries and producers work to meet world food needs in 2050. Continue reading

Webinar: Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles tomorrow, July 26

Sponsored by the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils, this webinar takes place Jul 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM EDT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1920593201928847362

The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been exploring the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAS/UAV) to support a variety of their core missions including Emergency Operations, Construction Monitoring, Environmental Restoration and Invasive Species Management since 2008. This presentation will cover the Corps’ experiences, challenges and lessons learned with using UAS as a remote sensing tool to collect high resolution (2-10cm) imagery for use in wetland restoration and invasive species management projects.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Drones will help farmers grow better crops

Farmers will be using drones in the near future to monitor and improve their crops to help feed a hungry world, say Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists who are now developing the technology.

“Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, will soon play a major role in meeting the challenges of feeding a growing global population,” said Dr. Juan Enciso, an AgriLife Research irrigation engineer in Weslaco. Continue reading