Remote monitoring and automatic detection of grain crop attributes

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McCarthy, Alison, Tscharke, Matthew and Schmidt, Erik. 2014. Remote monitoring and automatic detection of grain crop attributes. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
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Remote monitoring and automatic detection of grain crop attributes

Report TypeProject report
AuthorsMcCarthy, Alison (Author), Tscharke, Matthew (Author) and Schmidt, Erik (Author)
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Year2014
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Web Address (URL)http://elibrary.grdc.com.au/project/usq00015
Abstract

This project has developed a proof-of-concept low cost internet-enabled camera-based monitoring and image processing system for National Variety Trials (NVT). The system will reduce labour requirements and travel costs associated with manual inspection of grain variety trials, and improve timeliness and accuracy of growth stage identification. A camera-based system remotely captures images of a plot, automatically detects plant growth and flowers for two grain crop types and displays results on a website. Manual measurements have been compared with image analysis results in collaboration with NVT Trial Service Providers.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400799. Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
460306. Image processing
Byline AffiliationsNational Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
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Precision livestock farming: precision feeding technologies and sustainable livestock production
Banhazi, T. M., Babinszky, L., Halas, V. and Tscharke, M.. 2012. "Precision livestock farming: precision feeding technologies and sustainable livestock production." International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. 5 (4), pp. 54-61. https://doi.org/10.3965/j.ijabe.20120504.006
Sustainable biomass supply chain for the Mallee woody crop industry
Schmidt, Erik, Giles, Rick, Davis, Rod, Baillie, Craig, Jensen, Troy, Sandell, Gary and Norris, Chris. 2012. Sustainable biomass supply chain for the Mallee woody crop industry. Canberra, Australia. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
Calculator for renewable energy resources for nursery production
Schmidt, E., Chen, G., Symes, T., Zhao, B. and Cameron, R.. 2010. Calculator for renewable energy resources for nursery production. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Review of precision irrigation technologies and their application
Smith, R. J., Baillie, J. N., McCarthy, A. C., Raine, S. R. and Baillie, C. P.. 2010. Review of precision irrigation technologies and their application. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Advanced process control of irrigation: the current state and an analysis to aid future development
McCarthy, Alison C., Hancock, Nigel H. and Raine, Steven R.. 2013. "Advanced process control of irrigation: the current state and an analysis to aid future development." Irrigation Science. 31 (3), pp. 183-192. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-011-0313-1
Precision livestock farming: an international review of scientific and commercial aspects
Banhazi, T. M., Lehr, H., Black, J. L., Crabtree, H., Schofield, P., Tscharke, M. and Berckmans, D.. 2012. "Precision livestock farming: an international review of scientific and commercial aspects." International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. 5 (3), pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.3965/j.ijabe.20120503.00
NPSI/IAL travel fellowship 2010: site-specific irrigation control and sensing systems
McCarthy, Alison. 2011. "NPSI/IAL travel fellowship 2010: site-specific irrigation control and sensing systems." Irrigation Australia. 26 (4), pp. 34-35.
Optimising the design, installation and operation of a monolayer application system on a farm dam via a 'Universal Design Framework'
Brink, Gavin, Wandel, Andrew, Pittaway, Pam, Hancock, Nigel and Schmidt, Erik. 2011. "Optimising the design, installation and operation of a monolayer application system on a farm dam via a 'Universal Design Framework'." Thompson, Chris (ed.) Irrigation 2011: New Horizons, Fresh Ideas Regional Conference and Exhibition. Launceston, Australia 22 - 25 Aug 2011 Sydney, Australia.
The cost of saving farm dam water
Atkins, Debbie and Schmidt, Erik. 2011. "The cost of saving farm dam water." Thompson, Chris (ed.) Irrigation 2011: New Horizons, Fresh Ideas Regional Conference and Exhibition. Launceston, Australia 22 - 25 Aug 2011 Sydney, Australia.
Application systems for optimal management of monolayer films
Schmidt, E., Brink, G. N. and O'Shannassay, G.. 2011. "Application systems for optimal management of monolayer films." Begbie, D. K. and Wakem, S. L. (ed.) 3rd Urban Water Security Reseach Alliance Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement. Brisbane, Australia 14 - 15 Sep 2011 Brisbane, Australia.
Precision livestock farming: scientific concepts and commercial reality
Banhazi, T. M., Lehr, H., Black, J. L., Crabtree, H., Schofield, P., Tscharke, M. and Berckmans, D.. 2011. "Precision livestock farming: scientific concepts and commercial reality." 15th International Congress on Animal Hygiene: Animal Hygiene and Sustainable Livestock Production (ISAH 2011). Vienna, Austria 03 - 07 Jul 2011 Vienna, Austria .
Improved image analysis based system to reliably predict the live weight of pigs on farm: preliminary results
Banhazi, T. M., Tscharke, M., Ferdous, W. M., Saunders, C. and Lee, S. -H.. 2011. "Improved image analysis based system to reliably predict the live weight of pigs on farm: preliminary results ." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 8 (2), pp. 107-119.
The development and commercialisation aspects of a practical feed intake measurement instrumentation to be used in livestock buildings
Banhazi, T. M., Lewis, B. and Tscharke, M.. 2011. "The development and commercialisation aspects of a practical feed intake measurement instrumentation to be used in livestock buildings ." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 8 (2), pp. 131-138.
Digital image processing methods for the identification of pigs posture during weight estimation
Ferdous, W. M., Tscharke, M., Saunders, C., Lee, S.-H. and Banhazi, T. M.. 2011. "Digital image processing methods for the identification of pigs posture during weight estimation." Lokhorst, Kees and Berckmans, Daniel (ed.) 5th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming (ECPLF 2011). Prague 11 - 14 Jul 2011 Prague .
Review of methods to determine weight, size and composition of livestock from images
Tscharke, M. and Banhazi, T. M.. 2011. "Review of methods to determine weight, size and composition of livestock from images." Banhazi, T., Saunders, C. and Hegarty, R. (ed.) SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions. Gold Coast, Australia 29 - 30 Sep 2011 Canberra, Australia .
Growth recorded automatically and continuously by a machine vision system for finisher pigs
Tscharke, M. J. and Banhazi, T. M.. 2011. "Growth recorded automatically and continuously by a machine vision system for finisher pigs." Banhazi, T., Saunders, C. and Hegarty, R. (ed.) SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions. Gold Coast, Australia 29 - 30 Sep 2011 Canberra, Australia .
Energy use and development of online energy calculators for the nursery industry
Chen, G., Schmidt, E., Symes, T., Zhao, B. and Cameron, R.. 2011. "Energy use and development of online energy calculators for the nursery industry." Banhazi, T., Saunders, C. and Hegarty, R. (ed.) SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions. Gold Coast, Australia 29 - 30 Sep 2011 Canberra, Australia.
Real-time data requirements for model-based adaptive control of irrigation scheduling in cotton
McCarthy, A. C., Hancock, N. H. and Raine, S. R.. 2011. "Real-time data requirements for model-based adaptive control of irrigation scheduling in cotton." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 8 (2), pp. 189-206.
Development of a smart livestock farming tool for identifying animal growth using artificial intelligence
Tscharke, Matthew J.. 2012. Development of a smart livestock farming tool for identifying animal growth using artificial intelligence. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.
Improved irrigation of cotton via real-time, adaptive control of large mobile irrigation machines
McCarthy, Alison. 2010. Improved irrigation of cotton via real-time, adaptive control of large mobile irrigation machines. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.
Revisiting artificial monolayers as a strategy to reduce evaporative loss from large open water storages
Pittaway, P., Hancock, N., Brink, G., Symes, T. and Schmidt, E.. 2009. "Revisiting artificial monolayers as a strategy to reduce evaporative loss from large open water storages ." Kenway, S. J. and Begbie, D. K. (ed.) 1st Urban Water Security Research Alliance Science Forum (UWSRA 2009). Brisbane, Australia 17 - 18 Aug 2009 Brisbane, Australia.
Reducing evaporation losses
Schmidt, Erik. 2009. "Reducing evaporation losses ." International Water Power and Dam Construction. 61 (10), pp. 38-39.
VARIwise: a general-purpose adaptive control simulation framework for spatially and temporally varied irrigation at sub-field scale
McCarthy, Alison, Hancock, Nigel and Raine, Steven R.. 2010. "VARIwise: a general-purpose adaptive control simulation framework for spatially and temporally varied irrigation at sub-field scale." Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 70 (1), pp. 117-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2009.09.011
Precision agriculture technologies - relevance and application to sugarcane production
Davis, R. J., Baillie, Craig and Schmidt, Erik. 2009. "Precision agriculture technologies - relevance and application to sugarcane production." Banhazi, T. M. and Saunders, C. (ed.) SEAg 2009: Agricultural Technologies In a Changing Climate. Brisbane, Australia 13 - 16 Sep 2009 Brisbane, Australia.
Reliable, modest-cost seepage and evaporation measurement for farm dams using 'EvapCalc'
Symes, Troy, Hancock, Nigel and Schmidt, Erik. 2010. "Reliable, modest-cost seepage and evaporation measurement for farm dams using 'EvapCalc'." Montagu, Kelvin (ed.) Australian Irrigation Conference and Exibition 2010: One Water Many Futures. Sydney, Australia 08 - 10 Jun 2010 Sydney,Australia.
Simulation of adaptive site-specific irrigation control performance with spatially variable rainfall
McCarthy, Alison, Hancock, Nigel and Raine, Steven R.. 2010. "Simulation of adaptive site-specific irrigation control performance with spatially variable rainfall." Montagu, Kelvin (ed.) Australian Irrigation Conference and Exibition 2010: One Water Many Futures. Sydney, Australia 08 - 10 Jun 2010 Sydney, Australia.
Simulation of site-specific irrigation control strategies with sparse input data
McCarthy, Alison, Hancock, Nigel and Raine, Steven R.. 2010. "Simulation of site-specific irrigation control strategies with sparse input data." 17th World Congress of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR 2010): Sustainable Biosystems Through Engineering. Quebec City, Canada 13 - 17 Jun 2010 Quebec, Canada.
Holistic control system design for large mobile irrigation machines
McCarthy, Alison, Hancock, Nigel and Raine, Steven. 2010. "Holistic control system design for large mobile irrigation machines." 16th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP 2010). Darussalam, Brunei 22 - 24 Jun 2010 Toowoomba, Australia.
Reducing evaporation losses - opportunities for cost effective water savings
Schmidt, Erik. 2009. "Reducing evaporation losses - opportunities for cost effective water savings." Irrigation Australia 2009: Irrigation Australia Irrigation and Drainage Conference: Irrigation Today - Meeting the Challenge. Swan Hill, Australia 18 - 21 Oct 2009 Sydney, Australia.
Smart monolayer application and management to reduce evaporation on farm dams - formulation of a universal design framework
Brink, Gavin, Symes, Troy, Pittaway, Pam, Hancock, Nigel, Pather, Selvan and Schmidt, Erik. 2009. "Smart monolayer application and management to reduce evaporation on farm dams - formulation of a universal design framework." Venkatraman, K. (ed.) 2009 Environmental Research Event. Noosa, Australia 10 - 13 May 2009
Irrigation challenges in Australia and technological solutions
Schmidt, Erik. 2005. "Irrigation challenges in Australia and technological solutions." 15th Queensland Water Symposium (IEAust Water Panel). Brisbane, Australia 23 - 24 Nov 2005 Brisbane, Australia.
Reducing evaporation from storages
Schmidt, Erik. 2006. "Reducing evaporation from storages." 2006 CRC-IF Annual Research Forum. Narrabri, Australia 04 - 06 Dec 2006 Australia.
Improving the performance of chemical monolayers in reducing farm dam evaporation
Craig, Ian, Schmidt, Erik, Hancock, Nigel, Barnes, Geoff, Turnbull, David J., Pittaway, Pam and Morrison, Pippa. 2006. "Improving the performance of chemical monolayers in reducing farm dam evaporation." 3rd CRC-IF Annual Research Forum. Narrabri, Australia 05 - 06 Dec 2006 Toowoomba, Queensland.
EvapCalc software for the determination of dam evaporation and seepage
Craig, Ian, Schmidt, Erik and Hancock, Nigel. 2007. "EvapCalc software for the determination of dam evaporation and seepage." Banhazi, T. M. and Saunders, C. (ed.) SEAg 2007: Agriculture and Engineering - Challenge Today, Technology Tomorrow. Adelaide, Australia 24 - 26 Sep 2007 Adelaide, Australia.
Development of a simulation framework for variable-rate irrigation of cotton
McCarthy, Alison, Hancock, Nigel and Raine, Steven R.. 2008. "Development of a simulation framework for variable-rate irrigation of cotton." 14th Australian Cotton Conference: New Beginnings – Cotton in a Climate of Change. Gold Coast, Australia 12 - 14 Aug 2008 Narrabri, NSW, Australia.
Managing spatial and temporal variability in irrigated agriculture through adaptive control
Smith, R. J., Raine, Steven R., McCarthy, Alison and Hancock, Nigel. 2009. "Managing spatial and temporal variability in irrigated agriculture through adaptive control." Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 79-90.
Exploration of data requirements for adaptive control of irrigation scheduling
McCarthy, Alison, Hancock, Nigel and Raine, Steven R.. 2009. "Exploration of data requirements for adaptive control of irrigation scheduling." Banhazi, T. M. and Saunders, C. (ed.) SEAg 2009: Agricultural Technologies In a Changing Climate. Brisbane, Australia 13 - 16 Sep 2009 Brisbane, Australia.
Towards evaluation of adaptive control systems for improved site-specific irrigation of cotton
McCarthy, Alison, Hancock, Nigel and Raine, Steven R.. 2008. "Towards evaluation of adaptive control systems for improved site-specific irrigation of cotton." Irrigation Australia 2008: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition: Share the Water, Share the Benefits. Melbourne, Australia 20 - 22 May 2008 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.
Managing spatial and temporal variability in irrigated agriculture through adaptive control
Smith, R. J., Raine, Steven R., McCarthy, Alison and Hancock, Nigel. 2007. "Managing spatial and temporal variability in irrigated agriculture through adaptive control." Banhazi, T. M. and Saunders, C. (ed.) SEAg 2007: Agriculture and Engineering - Challenge Today, Technology Tomorrow. Adelaide, Australia 24 - 26 Sep 2007 Australia.
Evaporation, seepage and water quality management in storage dams: a review of research methods
Craig, Ian, Aravinthan, Vasantha, Baillie, Craig Peter, Beswick, Alan, Barnes, Geoff, Bradbury, Ron, Connell, Luke, Cooper, Paul, Fellows, Christopher, Fitzmaurice, Li, Foley, Joseph P., Hancock, Nigel, Lamb, David, Morrison, Pippa, Mossad, Ruth, Misra, R. K., Pittaway, Pam, Prime, Emma, Rees, Steve, ..., Turnbull, David. 2007. "Evaporation, seepage and water quality management in storage dams: a review of research methods." Environmental Health. 7 (3), pp. 84-97.
Controlling evaporation from on-farm storages
Craig, Ian, Schmidt, Erik, Green, Andrew and Scobie, Michael. 2005. "Controlling evaporation from on-farm storages." Irrigation Australia 2005: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition: Restoring the Balance. Townsville, Australia 17 - 19 May 2005 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.
Evaporation control using covers - some realistic solutions for the irrigation industry
Craig, Ian, Schmidt, Erik and Scobie, Michael. 2006. "Evaporation control using covers - some realistic solutions for the irrigation industry." Irrigation Australia 2006: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition. Brisbane, Australia 09 - 11 May 2006 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.
Controlling evaporation loss from water storages
Craig, Ian, Green, Andrew, Scobie, Michael and Schmidt, Erik. 2005. Controlling evaporation loss from water storages. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Improving whole farm and infield irrigation efficiencies using Irrimate tools
Raine, Steven R., Purcell, Jim and Schmidt, Erik. 2005. "Improving whole farm and infield irrigation efficiencies using Irrimate tools." Irrigation Australia 2005: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition: Restoring the Balance. Townsville, Australia 17 - 19 May 2005 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.