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Monitoring corn and soybean crop development with hand-held radiometer spectral data
- Tucker, C.J., Elgin, J.H. Jr., McMurtrey, J.E. III., Fan, C.J.
- Remote sensing of environment 1979 v.8 no.3 pp. 237
- Zea mays, Glycine max, plant growth, crop production, spectral analysis, infrared radiation, radiometry, growth and development, canopy, monitoring, remote sensing, portable equipment
- Red and photographic infrared data were collected with a hand-held radiometer under a variety of conditions at 4- to 12-day intervals throughout the growing season and were used to monitor corn and soybean growth and development. The normalized difference transformation was used to effectively compensate for the variation in irradiational conditions. With these data, plotted against time, green-leaf biomass dynamics were compared between the crops. By this approach, based entirely upon spectral inputs, the crop canopies were nondestructively monitored. Five spectral stages were defined and were related to crop development for corn and soybeans.