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Can UAV's beat GMO's?

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Can UAV's beat GMO's?

Post  boffer on 8/15/2013, 5:44 pm

UAV=unmanned aerial vehicle
UAS=unmanned aircraft system
UGV=unmanned ground vehicle


Research is being conducted using UAV's with cameras to visually log GPS coordinates of weed infestations in  commercial beet fields.  (beets are one of the top GMO crops in the U.S.)  The data is then sent to a computer to map the field.  The map is sent to a UGV that goes out into the field to apply herbicide only where it is needed, rather than broadcasting the entire field.  The automated system will greatly reduce the amount of herbicides used along with the associated environmental damage.



Details of one research program can be read here.

Pretty cool! way to go
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Re: Can UAV's beat GMO's?

Post  camprn on 8/15/2013, 7:12 pm

Well, that's interesting.

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Re: Can UAV's beat GMO's?

Post  littlejo on 8/15/2013, 9:08 pm

Well, I try to only buy pure cane sugar instead of beet or 'regular' sugar.

About the UAV's, they turned a couple of them loose in SC, but 'they' didn't tell anyone what they were doing, just testing them, I guess. Well, a farmer got out his gun and they were no more. Flying over a beet field is ok, but not to see what folks are doing/growing, etc.
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Post  murarrie25 on 8/16/2013, 7:23 pm

What is the price of  cane sugar , here in Australia its AUS  $1.9 for 2 kilograms  home brand    CSR brand is double that .
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Re: Can UAV's beat GMO's?

Post  llama momma on 8/16/2013, 7:26 pm

@littlejo wrote:Well, I try to only buy pure cane sugar instead of beet or 'regular' sugar.

About the UAV's, they turned a couple of them loose in SC, but 'they' didn't tell anyone what they were doing, just testing them, I guess. Well, a farmer got out his gun and they were no more. Flying over a beet field is ok, but not to see what folks are doing/growing, etc.
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Well, it wasn't my loss so I can laugh at the farmer shooting it down.  Those things are in the range of 3-5 thousand dollars the last I heard!
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Re: Can UAV's beat GMO's?

Post  littlejo on 8/16/2013, 8:10 pm

The farmer was sued, and the judge said"keep it on your property only"

Sugar prices vary a lot even from store to store

WM: $2.90 for 5 lbs-regular sugar
$2.90 for 4 lbs-cane sugar

But, are they telling the truth on the label?

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Re: Can UAV's beat GMO's?

Post  plantoid on 8/17/2013, 5:56 pm

Good to see intelligent use of technology to reduce the amount of chemical use and even better to see it is being used to target the quarry
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