Remote Scouting in Agricultural Systems
By Ian MacRae, Ph.D.
Dept. of Entomology, CFANS
University of Minnesota
Northwest Research & Outreach Center
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Recent advances in the size and efficiency of remote sensing cameras and systems and in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or 'drones') have been driving a rising interest in using these technologies in pest management. Remote sensing of plant disease has tremendous potential in agriculture, but research is needed to develop these diagnostic tools. This presentation will discuss the background and techniques of remotely scouting plant disease with small UAS and some of the benefits and limitations of the technology.