Purdue University College of Agriculture
Purdue University’s Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) has launched its new interactive chilling hours tool. Growers now can more closely monitor accumulated chilling hours, an important factor that tracks how long fruit plants have been exposed to an ideal range of cool temperatures throughout the dormant season.
If you’re cruising through northern Indiana in late summer or early fall, roll down your windows. Take a deep breath. Where does the smell take you? Candy canes and hot cocoa? The gum you keep asking for from your friend? Maybe the toothpaste you used that morning? For Stephen Meyers, an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, the smell brings him back to his childhood in Parr, Indiana. Cool minty breezes would waft over the town as farmers distilled their mint to extract its oil. He may not have been directly involved in agriculture, but it always surrounded him.
Say you’re an agricultural scientist, and you know there’s technology out there that could be a game-changer in your research. But its application in agriculture is still relatively new, so finding someone who can help you use it is challenging. That’s the case with thermal remote sensing technology — equipping UAVs with thermal sensors that produce images of fields based on temperature, and processing that data for researchers to analyze and apply.