Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) continue to evolve, with new functions and sensors being developed every year. Due to their aerial viewpoint, they could prove to be useful tools for detecting the presence of disease within agricultural crops. This paper investigates the use of an “off the shelf” UAV with real-time video goggles, to determine if such technology can give detailed enough feedback to allow the identification of varieties, variations, rogues and disease within a crop of seed potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.). Trial plots used for examining prospective seed potato inspectors were assessed using the UAV and whilst the results indicate that the current technology is not yet effective, once certain enhancements are made then UAVs could potentially form part of the potato inspection process in the future.
|Title of host publication||Procedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2020|
|Publication status||Print publication - 25 Feb 2020|
|Event||Crop Production in Northern Britain - Dundee, United Kingdom|
Duration: 25 Feb 2020 → 26 Feb 2020
|Conference||Crop Production in Northern Britain|
|Period||25/02/20 → 26/02/20|
Gibson-Poole, S., Davey, T., Ellicott, J., McCreath, M., & Hamilton, A. (2020). A new way to spot disease and rogues? Real-time drone based seed potato inspections. In Procedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2020 (pp. 229-234) https://www.cpnb.org/