“Spring is the season for the recovery of all things. Agriculture, as the foundation of the country, must also continue to progress with the development of science and technology. As we all know, Japan’s arable land is poor, and it is also facing serious problems such as aging workers, lack of successors, and trade liberalization caused by the TPP.
Spring is the season for the recovery of all things. Agriculture, as the foundation of the country, must also continue to progress with the development of science and technology. As we all know, Japan’s arable land is poor, and it is also facing serious problems such as aging workers, lack of successors, and trade liberalization caused by the TPP. To this end, Professor Ryo Miyake of the University of Tokyo, Professor Atsushi Ogawa of Akita Prefectural University, and Associate Professor Tetsushi Koide of Hiroshima University formed a research team, and joined other experts to carry out “Plant Growth Estimation Technology and Robust Field Monitor and Microfluidic Model Simulation Plant” at JST CREST vascular system development” project research.
At the research center, the compact FLIR AX8 thermal imaging camera plays a big role in visualizing crop surface temperatures in time series, greatly advancing agricultural optimization and automation.
Japan’s climate varies greatly, and thermal imaging cameras regularly collect data
The primary task of Japanese agriculture is to inherit crop cultivation techniques, but in recent years, the number of agricultural successors has continued to decrease and the agricultural population has been aging, so it is necessary to accumulate this expertise from various sources. Knowing how to prepare fertilizers and nutrients is becoming increasingly important, such as how to regularly obtain real-time temperature data for effective use in the field. Associate Professor Koide of Hiroshima University in Japan pointed out: “The climate varies greatly across Japan, and the climate environment changes even in Japan due to various factors. Compared with normal years, the Tohoku region used to have insufficient sunshine.”
It is not easy to obtain real-time temperature data on a regular basis due to the large differences in climate across Japan, but with the help of the FLIR AX8 thermal imaging camera, it is possible to determine the surface temperature of crops. By accumulating temperature data, Japan has conducted research on crop “visualization” with the aim of realizing new functions such as determining general temperature distribution, calculating sunshine hours in specific areas, etc.
In fact, annual weather forecasts are not always accurate. However, if temperature data, thermal and visible light images can be collected in real-time and periodically with a permanently installed thermal imaging camera, it may be possible to adjust fertilizer and nutrient levels accordingly to accommodate changes in the environment.
The thermal imaging camera FLIR AX8 continuously observes the growth of crops.
To improve rice quality, thermal imaging cameras play an important role
As mentioned earlier, Japanese agriculture has a follow-up problem of lack of people. At the same time, the increase in the number of rice varieties indicates that crop variety improvement is hot. At present, with the rapid advancement of variety improvement, more than 800 rice varieties have been registered in Japan.
In the improvement of varieties, thermal imaging cameras play an important role. In recent years, Japan has continuously experienced the problem of abnormal weather and rising temperature. Rising temperatures not only affect the health of humans and animals, but also the growth of crops. As far as rice is concerned, if the temperature rises during the mature period, the rice will be “high temperature damaged”, and immature grains will grow. It’s not just about the temperature being too high, it’s about how farmers manage water and fertilizer. This high temperature damage also affects rice grades.
Using FLIR thermal imaging cameras, it is possible to discover in real time the relationship between temperature distribution data and thermal images and high temperature damage trends. By introducing such thermal imaging cameras at an early stage, it is possible to create an environment that minimizes damage to rice. In addition, by accumulating temperature data, the sunshine time and temperature distribution data of rice and leaves can be obtained, and the damage to rice can be reduced by determining the appropriate amount of water. With more data, it is also possible to decide whether to speed up or delay planting for the next few years, which cannot be done with existing expertise alone.
Using temperature data it is possible to measure sunshine duration and leaf temperature distribution.
Infrared thermal imager can monitor the status of leaf temperature in real time. The traditional method is to place the rice leaves indoors and frequently measure the state of photosynthesis, but with the infrared thermal imager, the temperature of the leaves can be measured without putting pressure on the leaves, and the relationship between temperature and transpiration can be clarified.
Agricultural prospects are broad, technology affects the future
Traditionally, the development of agricultural technologies has been largely based on the expertise and experience of farmers. For them, it is a whole new experience to obtain real-time temperature data on a regular basis, and use this data to get a trend graph of rice and rice leaf temperature. By keeping records of temperature trends, farmers have the possibility to measure the state of photosynthesis. The FLIR AX8 thermal imaging camera plays a very important role in the visualization of high temperature damage trends.
About the FLIR AX8 thermal imaging camera
Small and affordable, the FLIR AX8 combines a thermal and visible camera in one, providing continuous temperature monitoring and alarming. Compact and easy to install, the FLIR AX8 continuously monitors power distribution cabinets, process and manufacturing areas, data centers, power generation and distribution facilities, transportation and mass transit, storage facilities and cold storage.
Currently, participating universities are working hard to discover sensors and sensing information useful for next-generation cultivation techniques, relying on the JST CREST research project. Among them, FLIR thermal imaging cameras can collect and process temperature data and images, which will greatly promote the development of agriculture.
The thermal imaging camera FLIR AX8 produces an 80 x 60 pixel infrared image and corresponding temperature information.
Looking ahead, Japan’s agricultural productivity is expected to increase, and we believe that image sensing technologies such as thermal imaging cameras will facilitate the development of next-generation cultivation technologies. The FLIR AX8 thermal imaging camera not only aids in agricultural visualization, but also helps you prevent unplanned outages, unplanned downtime, service interruptions, electromechanical equipment failures, and more.