Irrigation control in cotton fields using ground thermal imaging

O. Rosenberg*, Y. Cohen, V. Alchanatis, Y. Saranga, A. Bosak, S. Mey-Tal

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Abstract

A continuous real-time sensing system for monitoring spatial variations in cotton water status was developed using a thermal camera mounted on a vehicle. Irrigation control based on the products of this system, i.e. calculated leaf water potential (LWP) values, was examined on a semi-commercial scale. Irrigation using the developed system was compared to commercial practice in commercial fields. The experiment showed that the use of the developed system to irrigate commercial fields is at least as good as direct LWP measurements and farmers can optimize water use efficiency in cotton fields. Yet, a solution should be found to increase the system capacity and to turn it into a cost effective system.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationPrecision Agriculture 2015 - Papers Presented at the 10th European Conference on Precision Agriculture, ECPA 2015
EditorsJohn V. Stafford
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages709-715
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789086862672
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Event10th European Conference on Precision Agriculture, ECPA 2015 - Tel-Aviv, Israel
Duration: 12 Jul 201516 Jul 2015

Publication series

NamePrecision Agriculture 2015 - Papers Presented at the 10th European Conference on Precision Agriculture, ECPA 2015

Conference

Conference10th European Conference on Precision Agriculture, ECPA 2015
Country/TerritoryIsrael
CityTel-Aviv
Period12/07/1516/07/15

Keywords

  • Cotton
  • Crop water stress index
  • Irrigation management
  • Leaf water potential
  • Thermal images

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