Iowa Patent of the Month – May 2022

Technology is meant to make our lives easier, and ag tech is no different. Sensors, automation, and tracking tools are excellent additions to any farm to optimize a growth season. Ag Leader Technology has been working on developing these technologies to connect a whole operation from equipment to monitoring and data analysis. As part of this system, they have designed a set of vision-based stalk sensors which detect and track plant stalk growth during harvest seasons.

These sensors are equipped with cameras, placed near each corn head or harvesting row. This way, each of the incoming plant stalks pass through the field of view of the camera. The images are transferred to a processing unit which analyzes the change in stalks over time. A set of image processing algorithms are used to identify and mark where a plant is visible, allowing the system to count the number of stalks that have passed through the field of view, measure stalk size, and provide information to the farmer.

Ag Leader has spent 25 years building this range of technology, developing precision technology to the market. Better tracking means better precision.

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