Thermal Imaging Assists USDA Water Management Program
Meer, Belgium — FLIR Systems has published a new application story that describes how the FLIR A655sc thermal imaging camera now provides an indispensable means of data collection to the USDA Water Management research program.
At the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), researchers are looking into ways for farmers to be more productive by using less water. They do this, among other things, by deliberately imposing stress on crops and monitoring the water stress.
The most established method for detecting crop water stress remotely is through the measurement of a crop’s surface or canopy temperature.
As the crop becomes water stressed, the leaves will start to curl and transpiration will decrease leading to an increase in leaf temperature. Continue reading