In-field cotton pest counting software
- Software companies interested in commercialising products and services for field crop production systems
- Crop protection businesses interested in commercialising new products and services
- Robotics / drone platform companies interested in new in-field measuring opportunities
Industry challenge: Silverleaf Whitefly is a major pest for cotton as well as a range of other crops such as tomato, cucurbits, and brassicas. Many producers are adopting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to controlling this pest, however, the inaccuracy of current counting practices challenges the effectiveness of IPM strategies. Silverleaf whitefly is found in all major crop and horticultural production areas including Australia, North and South America, China and parts of Europe.
Current opportunity: The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (DAFQ) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have developed an automated counting algorithm for the cotton industry. The prototype has been extensively tested and is at an advanced stage of development enabling more consistent sampling results, more efficient crop scouting and improvement in decision making. It enhances Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and delivers more sustainable outcomes in cotton pest management. Opportunities exist for software, in-field measurement and crop protection businesses interested in developing new product and service models in Australia and internationally.
Other Opportunities: Opportunity exists to expand the technology into other pest species and other crops in Australia and internationally.
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