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Improving Pest Management with Remote Sensing

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For decades interest has existed in remote sensing technologies for assistance in making pest management control decisions. Recent technological advances, especially high-resolution digital imagery, have resulted in a number of new developments for managing a wide diversity of agricultural pests. The spatial information provided by improved sensor systems can be geo-referenced to earth coordinates so that maps can be built that feed information to variable-rate controllers, allowing them to apply spatially variable rates of pesticides. These site-specific pesticide applications can provide considerable savings in costs of control while at the same time reducing the environmental load of pesticides. Adoption has been limited by the relatively high initial investment required, and the intensity of requirements to acquire, process, store, evaluate and communicate very large quantities of spatial information to pest management practioners.
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Keywords: DISEASES; GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS; INSECTS; NEMATODES; PRECISION AGRICULTURE; REMOTE SENSING; SITE-SPECIFIC PEST MANAGEMENT; WEEDS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-10-01

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