Remote-Sensing of Crop Yields

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Science  01 Apr 1977:
Vol. 196, Issue 4285, pp. 19-25
DOI: 10.1126/science.196.4285.19


Our research efforts with durum wheat have led to the development of the SDD concept. Its application makes possible crop yield estimates from remotely acquired canopy temperatures and auxiliary air temperature measurements obtained during the period from head emergence to the cessation of head growth. Canopy albedo measurements appear adequate to delineate this critical period, making the technique potentially adaptable to predictions of crop yields by remote-sensing. The trifactor nomograms produced from combinations of the linear regression equations also suggest that the SDD concept may be used for scheduling irrigations by remote-sensing.