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Precision Pest Management:

Canopée is developing a complete dronautic platform for high-precision agricultural spreading. This research and development project, a world first, is conducted by Canopée in conjunction with MAPAQ, Anatis Bioprotection, l’IRDA, École de Technologie supérieure, CRSNG, ARA Robotique and many other partners.

The first two phases of this development project, conducted in 2016, focused on improving current methods of releasing beneficial insects to control pests. Experimental spreading from the new system allowed for the accurate release of trichogramma on sweet corn fields to control corn borer.

This use of Canopée's new UAV application system allows producers who already use other insect release methods to save costs and increase their biological control efforts. Moreover, thanks to its complete support of the process by the Canopée team, this new method of releases by UAV will provide the opportunity for producers - agricultural or forestry - to integrate bioprotection into their process, replacing the Use of pesticides.

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Release of trichograms by drone in the biological control of corn borer.

A research project led by:
Anatis Bioprotection, IRDA

Partners:
MAPAQ - Center of Quebec
ÉTS / NSERC
ARA Robotics
FQPFLT
Bonduelle
Specialties Lassonde
CEROM

Thanks: Papeterie Saint-Armand

Application of trichogramme ¹

400k

Eggs / Ha

0,5

Hr endurance

20

Ha / hour

0

Pesticides

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Counting and analysis of plant height

Counting crops at high levels of accuracy on the ground takes a long time. Even manual counting from images can become dizzying and can not provide reliable results.

To solve this problem, an algorithm has been developed to automatically count crops using specialized image analysis software. The resulting number of crops can be supplied in different files formats and can be imported into any GIS viewer.

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In corn, for example, plant height can be an indicator of yield and other parameters because it is strongly influenced by soil, temperature and light intensity.

To solve this problem, we developed a comparative analysis method to evaluate the height of the plants by comparison in visible and infrared imaging. The result is provided as an elevation map

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