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Smart drones and deep learning deliver low-cost precision agriculture for Aussie farmers

University of South Australia

New aerial drone technology could change the landscape of Australia’s billion-dollar wheat industry by delivering cost-effective mechanisms for farmers to plan and deliver precise water and nutrients to their crops on a need-by-need basis.

Developed by the University of South Australia with the Plant Accelerator at the University of Adelaide and LongReach Plant Breeders, the drone senses a vegetation index—signifying the crop health, moisture and nutrient content, making it easier and more efficient for farmers to manage agricultural land and for breeders to generate new varieties.

Lead researcher, Dr. Zohaib Khan from UniSA’s Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre, says the new technology is a welcome development for the annual $5 billion+ Australian wheat sector.

Read more at: PHYS.ORG

Drones used by professor to fight hunger in Malawi, Africa

US: Oakland University professor Jon Carroll, Ph.D., is bringing agricultural drone technology, that is widely used in the US to Africa.

The anthropology professor traveled to Liwonde, Malawi to help farmers optimize their crop production by using drone technology and to promote sustainable agriculture in Africa.

MULTISPECTRAL AERIAL IMAGES SHOW YOU WHERE TO WATER OR FERTILIZE

Carroll traveled to Liwonde to help local farmers improve their crop production as part of a project called “Precision Agriculture for Smallholder Systems in Africa,” which is part of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger, and food security initiative.

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