4D innovation in Georgia fields

Friday, June 30, 2017
Traditionally, crop monitoring has been done manually, which is very labor and cost intensive. More recent precision agricultural tools such as satellites and unmanned aerial and ground vehicles have reduced costs, but the amount of useful information that can be gathered from 2D images and 3D reconstructions is limited. Thanks to a new research collaboration by the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech Research Institute, farmers may soon have a 4D crop monitoring system at their fingertips. The team constructs 4D images by compiling a series of 3D images collected over time. The 4D data can provide farmers with detailed crop information including plant heights and growth rates. This new method of autonomously monitoring agricultural crops may lower costs, improve harvest yields, and ultimately provide more food to people around the world. This effort was funded by NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

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