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Optimization of cauliflower cultivation by monitoring with UAVs and machine-learning


Ministerium für Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Federal State

North Rhine-Westfalia


Stadttor 1
40219 Düsseldorf

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Optimization of cauliflower cultivation by monitoring with UAVs and machine-learning

Project description

The project OPTIKO will use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor growth and plant performance using the example of cauliflower. By combining multispectral images taken by UAV-based low cost multispectral cameras with machine learning methods for data analysis, we will develop an innovative process to assess traits of individual plants. Machine learning methods will be trained to detect heterogeneities within a field based on spectral and spatial information, which indicate reduced plant performance due to abiotic and biotic stress. In the future, automatized, regular UAV overflights could be used for the early detection of stress symptoms and precise application of management procedures, such as fertilization or the application of pesticides. In addition, multispectral data will be used to predict the date of harvest, which will allow for improved management of sales and thus stabilize sales benefits. By developing this novel process, which will be transferable to further crops in the future, OPTIKO contributes to the digitalization of agriculture and complements already established operational processes and existing agro-technology.

Key words

  • Equipment and machinery
  • Outdoor horticulture and woody crops (incl. viticulture, olives, fruit, ornamentals)

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Kompetenzzentrum Gartenbau (KOGA)
Campus Klein Altendorf 2
53359 Rheinbach

Phone: +49 1573 481 50 08

Email: info@Ko-Ga.eu

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Researcher
  • Industry

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