Western U.S. precision agriculture specialists are developing technology to find future solutions for crop water-challenged growers in western U.S. agriculture.
Researchers working on the western state precision agriculture water research project include, from left, University of California, Davis specialists Jedediah Roach, project director Shrini Upadhyaya (seated), Francisco Rojo, Rajveer Dhillon, and Han Changjie.
UC Davis professors Shrini Upadhyaya, left, and Michael Delwiche review project data on a laptop.
Engineer Jedediah Roach flies the MikroKopter drone over experimental tree nut research plots in Northern California’s Colusa County.
Researchers hold the components of the eKo node radio-sensor system – from left, Bob Coates with a pressure sensor and valve; Michael Delwiche with an actuator; and Shrini Upadhyaya with the actual eKo node unit.
Precision agriculture equipment loaded on the back of the Mule-lightbar unit includes a Campbell Scientific CR 3000 Micrologger and a Trimble AgGPS 442 receiver.