Brazil: Using Drones for Sugarcane Farming

One way to effectively monitor weeds is using remote sensing data, especially those obtained by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), writes Vidi Nene for


In a recent study carried out by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research-Remote Sensing Division at Sao Jose dos Camps in Sao Paulo, drone researchers demonstrated the capacity of UAV images to overcome the well-known limitation of detecting Bermuda grass in sugarcane crops, and also highlighted the importance of texture for high-accuracy quantification of weed invasion in sugarcane crops.

The aim of the study, according to Nidi, was Identifying and monitoring factors that induce yield reduction in Sugarcane crop. Given that Sugarcane products contribute significantly to the Brazilian economy, generating U.S. $12.2 billion in revenue in 2018, it becomes imperative to resolve issues like weed (Bermuda grass) occurrence and other causes of yield reduction.

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