University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists using robotic helicopters to conduct aerial crop research, examine how turf performs under different amounts of irrigation

LINCOLN, Nebraska , December 27, 2011 () – Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are using robotic helicopters to conduct aerial crop research.

Assistant turf grass and genetics professor Keenan Amundsen says the new technology saves time and makes the research easier. He says aerial crop scouting was once costly and inefficient, but has become easier with new technology. The helicopter used for projects is roughly the size of a large pizza.

Researchers use the helicopters to examine how turf performs under different amounts of irrigation, by capturing all images in one clean shot.

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