Detection of micro and macro nutritional elements in plants using hyperspectral remote scanning.
The solution allows faster and earlier determination of how much and what elements are lacking in plants.
Crop monitoring for nutrients, water-stress, disease, insect attack and overall plant health is a vital aspect of successful agricultural operations. Traditionally this has been carried out by visual examination of crops on the ground or sometimes from the air. Some of the benefits of hyperspectral and multispectral imaging are that these technologies are: low cost, consistent results, simple to use, allow for rapid assessments, non-destructive and highly accurate.
The development of aerial hyperspectral imaging equipment has been a major breakthrough in the expansion and practical application of precision agriculture techniques. Unlike panchromatic imagers, hyperspectral imagers can detect discrete reflections and emissions in many spectra. This enhanced ability increases the probability of detecting materials necessary for identifying and classifying chemical elements.
An integrated precision farming system combining a number of spatial, agrochemical, physical, spectroscopic and information technology solutions. This allows the determination of water content in plants, macro (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) and micro (iron, manganese, zinc, copper) nutritional elements, the lack of chemical and nutritional elements at different stages of plant growth.
All the results are displayed on a map that user can interact with: change visible layers, merge data, analyse raw spectra, etc.