Quebec-based companies Agrinova and Hovercam-Media are partnering for a precision agriculture project that combines blueberry culture research and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications.
The project, ‘Using precision multispectral aerial imagery as a productivity diagnostic tool in the culture of wild blueberries,’ has been accepted by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada for a total value of $25,000.
Both companies are members of the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence, a Quebec nonprofit with a mission of developing an international center of expertise focused on the development, applications and operations of UAVs.
Under the supervision of Agrinova, the main objective of this project is to test low-altitude aerial imagery, using UAVs and remote sensing, as a mapping tool for blueberry fields, as well as for other agricultural applications.
The research will be conducted during La Bleuetière des Blancs’ 2015 crop season in the Municipality of l’Ascension, Lac-Saint-Jean.