Valued at more than $2 billion annually, the California citrus industry is a bedrock of the state’s agriculture economy. Deeply rooted in that industry is the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC), a part of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which manages nearly 600 trees, mostly citrus varieties. To continue to support critical citrus research, LREC managers continually look for effective technological management tools. One researcher used that interest to test the feasibility of integrating new deep-learning algorithms into object-based image analysis (OBIA) software to automatically identify multi-age citrus trees from UAS imagery.
The successful first-ever test is sowing the seeds for a viable new approach to citrus tree management.

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