17 Jun, 2014
The precision farming stems from the increasing availability of high-quality optical data remotely sensed. Thanks to cost reductions, it becomes possible the monitoring of agricultural production processes with high-tech instrumentation.
Within the Project Diva (Drone Interactive for Environmental Audits) Kim has been conducting various experiments related to agriculture. The images detected by the drone with high resolution camera, multispectral and thermal imaging are especially useful in viticulture.
Growing grapes can be considered in itself a form of precision farming: a differentiated management of the different vineyards and inside it is a privilege to get a quality production. The planning of agricultural practices, such as irrigation, fertilization and pruning, requires not only a deep knowledge of the plant but also that of the land and the environment in which it is grown.
The precision viticulture begins with the observation of the performance of the vineyard, followed by the collection and interpretation of data in order to reach a targeted management of input materials for the plants and the selective harvest.
Specifically, through the images captured by the non-conventional sensors installed on the drone it is possible to identify with precision the temperature of the leaves and the related water stress and vegetative plant vigor. Thanks to recent technological developments and the constant experimentation, Kim offers analysis on the level of grape ripeness and qualitative and quantitative assessments of the production schedule for any harvest strategies.
Below, an example of the multispectral anomaly within the portion represented vineyard: