UAS - North Dakota Corn Growers Association

Report
Verify the Effectiveness UAS-mounted Sensors for
Crop and Livestock Production Management
North Dakota State University
Pulsar Operational Boundary, Inc.
North Dakota Corn Council
Agricultural and
Biosystems Engineering
UAS Proof-of-Concept
Livestock Production
Crop Production
UAS Applications Proof-of-Concept
Expected Outcomes
• Validate specific uses of UAS
• Identify UAS services for the UAS Companies, Ag
Producers and Consultants.
• Promote the commercialization of UAS for Crop and
Livestock Management in ND.
Estimated economic impact of UAS in
North Dakota is $83 million in next 10 years
Effectiveness UAS-mounted Sensors Field
Crop and Livestock Production
Objectives
1. Evaluate UAS with Color, Thermal and Infrared Sensors
• Crop Management
• Livestock Management
2. UAS Business Development in ND
3. NDSU Extension Education Program
Effectiveness UAS-mounted Sensors Field
Crop and Livestock Production
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plant emergence
plant populations
nutrient deficiencies
disease symptoms
insect damage
weed infestations
plant vigor
moisture stress
crop senescence
impact of soil salinity
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Animal movements
Diseased animals
Breeding activity
Feedlot surface
temperatures
• Count animals
• Identify extreme
disposition animals
• Temperature of
compost piles
Effectiveness UAS-mounted Sensors Field
Crop and Livestock Production
Primary Project Location
Other Locations if Needed
COA Submitted
Develop Business Models for UAS Crop
Consulting Companies, UAS Manufactures
and Ag Producers.
Economic Impact
1. Equipment Options
• UAS Platforms
• Sensors
2. UAS Business Services
3. Image Analysis
Procedures and
Recommendations
Technological Impact
1. UAS Platforms
2. Image Management
3. Image Analysis
4. Problem Diagnosis /
Application Map
Project Timetable
1-Feb
Apply for COA
Acquire UAS Equipment
Train Operators
Practice Data Collection
Data Analysis Practice
Data Collection - Crops Projects
Data Collection - Livestock Projects
Data Collection - Reimers Farm
Data Analysis
CREC Field Day Demonstrations
Interim Research Report
Extension UAS Seminars
Final Report
3-Mar
2-Apr
2-May
1-Jun
1-Jul
31-Jul
30-Aug
29-Sep
29-Oct
28-Nov
28-Dec
Equipment
Trimble UX5
Aphex Hexacopter
Equipment (UND UAS Center if Needed)
Draganflyer X6 Helicopter
Agisoft PhotoScan Pro software
• Pseudocolor mosaic
• Normalized Difference Vegetation
Index (NDVI) mosaic

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