Thermal infrared remote sensing (TIRS) has already shown strong potential for detecting water stress in crops. Although TIRS sensors installed on drones could replace those on satellites, they are not yet widely used.
The aim of this project was to study the relationship between thermal imaging data collected by drone and agrometerological indicators of water stress in potato crops to develop water stress indicators that can be measured by drone.
These indicators can be used to optimize irrigation in potato crops by enabling growers to apply the right amounts of water at the right times in the right places.
Optimal water management
With precision farming, farmers can provide the right amount of irrigation at the right times and in the right places.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Institut national de la recherche scientifique | Ferme Victorin Drolet
A series of herbicides has been tested along the edge of the plastic mulch.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
The fungal pathogen Helminthosporium solani causes silver scurf, a disease that is hard to detect, both in the soil and on harvested potatoes.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.
Researcher: Carl Boivin