Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Agriculture: Remote Sensing and the 'Nuts & Bolts' of UAS

Join us for the sixth in a year-long series of webinars scheduled for February 17 at 2pm Central Time. The web link is

Dr. Alex Thomasson, Professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University
, will discuss the use of UAS in for remote sensing research applications. In the summer of 2015 Texas A&M University’s agricultural research agency, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, embarked on a comprehensive program of remote sensing with UAVs at its 568-ha Brazos Bottom Research Farm. This farm is made up of numerous fields on which various crops are grown in plots or complete fields. Among the crops grown at the farm are cotton, corn, and sorghum.

After gaining FAA permission to fly at the farm, the research team used multiple fixed-wing and rotary-wing UAVs along with various sensors including multispectral, hyperspectral, and LiDAR to collect image data over all parts of the farm at least once per week. This presentation will report on the details of flight operations and sensing and analysis protocols, and it will include a large number of lessons learned in the process of developing a comprehensive UAV remote-sensing effort of this sort.

Watch Remote Sensing and Phenotyping with UAVs on the LearnUASAg YouTube Channel

Randy Price, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Louisiana State University has expertise in UAS in agricultural applications and will then discuss the "nuts and bolts" of Unmanned Aircraft Systems including sensors, building and testing.

The webinar will be recorded and archived here at the extension Learn site, on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems website, and on the Learnuasag YouTube Channel.

Watch Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture on the LearnUASAg YouTube Channel

Photograph by Dennis Hinkamp, Utah State University, provided to eXtension to use this photo. For permission to use, contact Dennis Hinkamp at

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