Evaluating the Use of Lower-Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAS) in Acquiring Digital Imagery for Precision Agriculture

North Carolina State University - Research
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Open Grants Program
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The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to North Carolina State University (NCSU) to investigate the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to improve agricultural practices by using high resolution, remotely-sensed aerial imagery to give instant feedback on agricultural-related factors such as nutrient status, pest and disease incidence, and water stress. The project will partner with the NextGen Air Transportation (NGAT) Center to use UAVs to collect aerial images of research plots located in eastern North Carolina. Images will be captured at key times throughout the growing season and compared to field measurements of nutrient status, soil moisture, and spectral reflectance. The data collected will help assess the agricultural benefits of using UAVs in terms of both cost saving and potential increase in productivity. An economic analysis will also be conducted. Golden LEAF funds will be used for salaries, equipment, travel, and testing costs.

Dr. Josh Heitman North Carolina Research Campus 600 Laureate Way Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081 919-515-2655
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