Johannes Seidl-Schulz, Product Specialist for Remote Sensing at geo-konzept, GmbH, recently posted on LinkedIn about an ongoing project with a local university that involves UAV flights with a Headwall Nano HP VNIR hyperspectral imaging payload with LiDAR. Different varieties of hops are being graded/rated and compared with regard to plant health and biomass development. High-resolution color and thermal footage was also captured using other drone platforms.
Post translated to English by LinkedIn:
Yesterday during the brightest part of the day, we flew our drone, beaming with joy, collecting incident hyperspectral VNIR imaging data as well as thermal data. And no, even though we flew over [fields of] hops, this sentence was not written in the beer garden. It was just hot! As in previous years, we flew over hops areas in Hallertau, Bavaria. The Headwall Nano HP VNIR hyperspectral sensor was used. In addition, a DJI Mavic 3E and Mavic 3T were used for high-resolution RGB color and thermal imaging. Together with the Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (LfL) and a local university, a multi-year data-gathering project is currently underway. Different varieties are rated/graded and compared with each other with regard to plant health and biomass development.
Geo-konzept, GmbH was founded in 1992 by Dipl.-Ing. agr. Thomas Muhr. The company is a founding member, along with Headwall, and owner of the facility of the Center for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Europe (CHRSE) in Adelschlag, Germany and offers market-leading, manufacturer-independent and individual GPS-based steering systems as well as nationwide RTK-correction signals.