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Title: Cereal crop ear counting in field conditions using zenithal RGB images
Author: Fernandez Gallego, José Armando
Buchaillot, María Luisa
Gracia-Romero, Adrian
Vatter, Thomas
Vergara Díaz, Omar
Aparicio Gutiérrez, Nieves
Nieto Taladriz, María Teresa
Kerfal, Samir
Serret Molins, M. Dolors
Araus Ortega, José Luis
Kefauver, Shawn Carlisle
Keywords: Conreu
Issue Date: 2-Feb-2019
Publisher: JoVE
Abstract: Ear density, or the number of ears per square meter (ears/m2), is a central focus in many cereal crop breeding programs, such as wheat andbarley, representing an important agronomic yield component for estimating grain yield. Therefore, a quick, efficient, and standardized techniquefor assessing ear density would aid in improving agricultural management, providing improvements in preharvest yield predictions, or could evenbe used as a tool for crop breeding when it has been defined as a trait of importance. Not only are the current techniques for manual ear densityassessments laborious and time-consuming, but they are also without any official standardized protocol, whether by linear meter, area quadrant,or an extrapolation based on plant ear density and plant counts postharvest. An automatic ear counting algorithm is presented in detail forestimating ear density with only sunlight illumination in field conditions based on zenithal (nadir) natural color (red, green, and blue [RGB]) digitalimages, allowing for high-throughput standardized measurements. Different field trials of durum wheat and barley distributed geographicallyacross Spain during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 crop seasons in irrigated and rainfed trials were used to provide representative results. Thethree-phase protocol includes crop growth stage and field condition planning, image capture guidelines, and a computer algorithm of three steps:(i) a Laplacian frequency filter to remove low- and high-frequency artifacts, (ii) a median filter to reduce high noise, and (iii) segmentation andcounting using local maxima peaks for the final count. Minor adjustments to the algorithm code must be made corresponding to the cameraresolution, focal length, and distance between the camera and the crop canopy. The results demonstrate a high success rate (higher than 90%)and R2 values (of 0.62-0.75) between the algorithm counts and the manual image-based ear counts for both durum wheat and barley.
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It is part of: JoVE. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2019, vol. 144 , p. e58695
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ISSN: 1940-087X
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