​​Remote Scouting in Agricultural Systems

April 2018 | 22 min., 29 sec.
by Ian MacRae
University of Minnesota


​Recent advances in the size and efficiency of remote sensing cameras and systems and in unmanned aircraft systems (UASs or drones) have been driving interest in using these technologies in pest management. Remote sensing of plant disease has tremendous potential in agriculture, but research is needed to develop these diagnostic tools. This presentation will discuss the background and techniques of remotely scouting plant disease with small UAS and some of the benefits and limitations of the technology.

About the Presenter

Ian MacRaeIan MacRae received his PhD in entomology from Oregon State University in 1994. After postdoctoral research at Colorado State University, he joined the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota, where for the past 16 years he has been an Extension entomologist at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston, Minnesota. He has conducted numerous research and Extension projects and published on the spatiotemporal distributions and management of insect pests in agricultural systems, including pathogen vectors in small grains and potatoes. Dr. MacRae has also been involved in several research efforts on management of aster yellows phytoplasma in canola, wheat, and potato.​

Contact Information:
Email: imacrae@umn.edu


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