Hyper precise pesticide application/pest identification

Asked May 29, 2018, 8:15 PM EDT

I am wondering if there are any tools out there for autonomous, plant-by-plant assessment for pest/disease (and then of course appropriate application of a specific -icide) for vegetable crops?

If not, is there any reason why this may not exist? Any barriers that one would think are making this from currently being available? Trying to figure out the best way to help my family farm become more easily managed.

Lane County Oregon precision agriculture

1 Response

I do not know of any autonomous, plant-by-plant instruments that can assess for pests/diseases. Automation so far includes remote sensing traps that can identify certain insects that end up in pheromone traps, or using special cameras in planes or drones to detect areas in a field where plants are stressed or growing slowly. Of course, simply finding an area where plants are stressed does not indicate insect of disease damage. I am sure someone is working on something more precise, but i am not aware of anything commercially available.