This important volume provides a plethora of information on aerial vehicles and their possible roles in revolutionizing agricultural procedures through spectral analysis of terrains, soils, crops, water resources, diseases, floods, drought, and farm activities.
There are several semi-autonomous and autonomous (robotic) aerial vehicles that are examined for their efficiency in offering detailed spectral data about agrarian regions and individual farms. Among them, small drone aircrafts such as fixed-winged and copter models have already caught the imagination of farmers. They are spreading fast in every nook and corner of the farm world. However, there are many more aerial robots that are utilized in greater detail during farming.
In this volume, the focus is on aerial vehicles such as parafoils, blimps, aerostats, and kites, and how they are being evaluated for use in experimental farms and fields. A few aerial vehicles, such as robotic parafoils, have been adopted to procure aerial spectral data and visual imagery to aid agronomic procedures.
These and other aerial robots are expected to change and improve the use of the sky in agricultural endeavors and the way we conduct agronomic procedures in the very near future. This volume is a timely resource for agricultural researchers, professors and students, and the general public who are interested in aerial vehicles.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Parachutes and Parafoils in Agricultural Crop Production 3. Blimps in Agricultural Crop Production: A Recent Initiative 4. Aerostats, Helikites, and Balloons in Agriculture 5. Kites in Agrarian Regions
K. R. Krishna, PhD, is an agricultural scientist. He has authored several books on international agriculture, encompassing topics such as agroecosystems, field crops, soil fertility and crop management, precision farming, and soil microbiology. His more recent books deal with agricultural robotics, drones, and satellite guidance to improve soil fertility and crop productivity. He is a member of the International Society of Precision Farming, American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Indian Society of Agronomy, and Soil Science Society of India.