Idaho State University (ISU) says it is leading a research project that will use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to create new methods of addressing agricultural crop threats in potato fields.
According to the university, the advantage of using UAS is the capability to scan large areas of potato fields to identify the impacts of crop pests and nutrient deficiencies.
ISU explains that the UAS, which can provide early detection of crop stress and be used in a preventative manner for crop management strategies, also has the potential to examine how climate change may affect crop production as crop threats expand their range and capacity for long-term impacts into new areas.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given a $150,000 seed grant for the project, which will also involve multi-spectral imaging and ground-based surveys.
ISU’s public partners on the project are researchers from Boise State University, the University of Idaho and the Idaho National Laboratory, as well a number of private partners.