Spectral fingerprint of soybean experiencing abiotic and biotic stress
Soybean is the fourth most planted field crop in Canada, contributing more than $5.5 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product and supporting more than 50,000 jobs. The soybean crop is susceptible to damage from drought and heat waves, as well as diseases caused by root-parasitic nematodes and fungal pathogens. The project seeks to develop a rapid diagnostic tool, based on drone spectral technology, that can detect and diagnose the stresses that are occurring in agricultural fields. This project aims to help Canadian soybean farmers to make early decisions that can save their crop from the threat of yield loss or crop failure.