Rees, Steven and McCarthy, Cheryl and Artizzu, Xavier and Baillie, Craig and Dunn, Mark (2009) Development of a prototype precision spot spray system using image analysis and plant identification technology. In: SEAg 2009: Agricultural Technologies in a Changing Climate, 13-16 Sep 2009, Brisbane, Australia.
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A project funded by the Australian Sugar Research and Development Corporation aimed to increase sugarcane production through cost effective automated precision weed spraying. The project developed a precision imaging system that could be integrated with current spraying systems to specifically target difficult to control weeds such as guinea grass/green panic. The technology is capable of differentiating weeds from sugarcane in the row area and actuating a spray solenoid so that only the weeds are sprayed with herbicide in a single pass and with minimal over-spraying of the crop. The precision imaging and spot spraying technology demonstrated proof-of-concept and a cost benefit analysis of the new weed control system indicated potential grower savings. This paper will report on a review of appropriate technologies, description of the prototype sugarcane image analysis system and algorithms, assessment of accuracy of weed identification and an evaluation of system costs and performance.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||sugarcane; precision agriculture; image analysis; plant identification; precision spraying; technology|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering|
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080106 Image Processing
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||B Ecomonic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar|
|Deposited On:||02 Jul 2010 12:37|
|Last Modified:||22 Feb 2012 15:43|
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