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Multidisciplinary Environmental and Agricultural sUAS Applications

Contact us

Deon van der Merwe BVSc PhD
Associate Professor
Dept of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
1800 Denison Ave
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Office: 785-532-4333
Cell: 785-587-5064
Fax: 785-532-4481
Ajay Sharda, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Precision Ag/Machine Systems Engineer,
Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
Kansas State University,
140 Seaton Hall,
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-2936
Dale Bremer PhD
Professor, Graduate Program Director
Dept. of Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Resources
2021 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS  66506
Phone: 785-532-1429
Fax: 785-532-6949
Email: bremer@ksu.edu

The future of sUAS in environmental and agricultural remote sensing

Researchers at Kansas State University are making significant progress in the development of sUAS applications in the areas of agriculture and environmental assessment. Kansas State University aims to increase its leadership role in these rapidly expanding areas of sUAS applications by building on the successes achieved to date, based on multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers at K-State and beyond.

Our goals are to facilitate multidisciplinary research collaboration within the following areas of sUAS applications:

  • Crop production
  • Livestock production
  • Environmental assessment



Winter projects

Although there are few crops this time of year in Kansas, we were fortunate to be able to work in Brazil and Africa.

In addition, we are planning projects on dormant prairie grass for the 2nd half of winter, where w will utilize high resolution surface models to estimate dormant grass biomass. Preliminary data were very promising. This project is in collaboration with Dr, Carol Blocksome. Let's hope for some good weather in February!


New aircraft

We received registration for a new aircraft, N723UA, based on the Zephyr 3 airframe from RitewingRC. A big thank you to Chris Klick from RitewingRC for once again providing an excellent remote sensing platform. N723UA will carry a Sony a5100 camera modified for NDVI analysis with filters from Arrow EnviroSense.