Adoption of unoccupied aerial systems in agricultural research

dc.contributor.authorLachowiec, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorFeldman, Max J.
dc.contributor.authorInacio Matias, Filipe
dc.contributor.authorLeBauer, David
dc.contributor.authorGregory, Alexander
dc.description.abstractA comprehensive survey and subject-expert interviews conducted among agricultural researchers investigated perceived value and barriers to the adoption of unoccupied aerial systems (UASs) in agricultural research. These systems are often referred to colloquially as drones and are composed of unoccupied/uncrewed/unmanned vehicles and incorporated sensors. This study of UASs involved 154 respondents from 21 countries representing various agricultural sectors. The survey identified three key applications considered most promising for UASs in agriculture: precision agriculture, crop phenotyping/plant breeding, and crop modeling. Over 80% of respondents rated UASs for phenotyping as valuable, with 47.6% considering them very valuable. Among the participants, 41% were already using UAS technology in their research, while 49% expressed interest in future adoption. Current users highly valued UASs for phenotyping, with 63.9% considering them very valuable, compared to 39.4% of potential future users. The study also explored barriers to UAS adoption. The most commonly reported barriers were the “High cost of instruments/devices or software” (46.0%) and the “Lack of knowledge or trained personnel to analyze data” (40.9%). These barriers persisted as top concerns for both current and potential future users. Respondents expressed a desire for detailed step-by-step protocols for drone data processing pipelines (34.7%) and in-person training for personnel (16.5%) as valuable resources for UAS adoption. The research sheds light on the prevailing perceptions and challenges associated with UAS usage in agricultural research, emphasizing the potential of UASs in specific applications and identifying crucial barriers to address for wider adoption in the agricultural sector.
dc.identifier.citationLachowiec, J., Feldman, M. J., Matias, F. I., LeBauer, D., & Gregory, A. (2024). Adoption of unoccupied aerial systems in agricultural research. The Plant Phenome Journal, 7(1), e20098.
dc.subjectaerial systems
dc.subjectunoccupied aerial systems
dc.subjectHUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::History subjects::Agricultural history
dc.titleAdoption of unoccupied aerial systems in agricultural research


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