Topic of multiple presentations at Milan No-Till Field
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MILAN, Tenn. – Unmanned aerial systems (UASs), which
include unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones, are one of the hottest
topics in agriculture. These remote-controlled machines have seen a
meteoric rise in popularity among farmers, who believe UASs could be the next
tool to increase crop production and reduce costs.
use has received so much interest, the University of Tennessee Institute of
Agriculture is devoting an entire tour to the subject at the Milan No-Till Crop
Production Field Day on Thursday, July 24. The tour will include three
presentations, including a field demonstration that will give participants an
up-close look at the technology in action.
to program presenter Michael Buschermohle, professor, UT Department of
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, one major application that will have
immediate benefits is crop scouting. “With a UAS, producers or
crop consultants can stand on the edge of the field with a ground station and
see what a camera sees as it flies over the field,” says Buschermohle. “UASs
will enable you to more effectively scout the entire field in a fraction of the
time it takes to do it on foot.”
adds another application that has great potential is using UASs as a remote-sensing
tool to acquire high-resolution spatial data. UASs are capable of
collecting hyper resolution visible, multispectral and thermal imagery for
application in precision agriculture management. Collectively, this
technology could allow producers to assess crop damage, determine soil moisture
levels and more accurately apply fertilizer and pesticides.
Freeland, also with UT Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science,
will round out the program with information on various models of UASs, as well
as available software for processing collected data. Freeland will also
cover current local, state and federal regulations with regard to UAS use.
Milan No-Till Field Day begins at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, at the
AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. There is no cost to attend. For
directions to the site, and to see the complete field day program, go to http://milan.tennessee.edu or call
731-686-7362. You can also check out the Milan No-Till Facebook page for
the latest updates.
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