The most common method to determine number of plants is by visual inspection on the ground but this field activity becomes time-consuming, labor-intensive, biased, and may lead to less profitable decisions by farmers. Corn has a limited capacity to compensate for missing plants within a row, consequently penalizing grain yield per unit land area at the end of the season . One of the most frequent practices to determine the final number of emerged plants is by visual inspection on the ground . The UAS platforms deliver unprecedented ultra-high spatial resolution imagery and flexible revisit time, and offer high versatility under adverse weather conditions . In this context, the use of UAS has been reported in agriculture for crop and weed detection . This approach has been extensively reported via integration of UAS and sensors: RGB, multi-spectral, hyperspectral, and thermal imagery had been used to estimate biomass , LAI , canopy height , nitrogen , chlorophyll , and temperature .
The current work aims to contribute to the transition from passive and time-delayed workflows into more automatized, reactive, and integrated systems of managing information on monitoring crop performance on farmers’ fields by developing a tool for quantifying early-season stand counts for corn. The aperture and exposure time was adjusted manually prior to each mission considering the ground speed of the UAS and light conditions at the time of flights. Steps 1, 2, and 3 were implemented via OpenCV Python modules , steps 4 and 5 were implemented via Sklearn Python modules . A morphological operation was implemented to facilitate the isolation of green contours in the image by computing the corresponding intensity between contours and background.
It includes both erosion and dilation transformations by utilizing a predefined kernel size to preserve the integrity of the green objects in the image . An Otsu threshold procedure was adopted to transform the ExG grey scale into a binary image by using a discriminant criterion in the ExG scale. 21 are the variances of these two classes. The binary transformation assigns a value of 1 to green pixels and 0 to background. 400 connected pixels, are eliminated using a conditional rule. Edges are mostly related to the transitional regions between green objects and background pixels . Hough transformation was adopted to define the orientation angle of the images .
The ExG intensity was projected to the vertical axis of the image. This approach enables the scaling of the training as no manual tagging of classes is needed. Geometric descriptors were evaluated using the feature importance procedure based on the mean decrease of impurity . Features decreasing the impurity have more importance in the selection, which accounts for potential collinearity between features by penalizing collinear features. Ground-truthing was implemented via visual inspection of individual plants on the testing data by accounting for: matching, non-matching, and non-detected plants, differences between the labeling output of the classifier, and the visual inspection of the contours.
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