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A portable pixel recognition system for evaluating the distribution of spray deposits
- Preventing over- or under–spray applications on intended targets require a feedback technology to improve the spray coverage efficiency. A portable scanning system was developed that could quickly evaluate spray deposit distribution on deposit collectors. The system is integrated with a handheld business card scanner, deposit collectors, a laptop computer, and a custom-designed software "DepositScan" to evaluate spray deposit distribution. The software is composed with a set of custom plug-ins that are used by an image-processing program (ImageJ) to produce a number of measurements suitable for describing spray deposit distribution. After scanning the collectors, individual droplet sizes, their distributions, total droplet number, and percentage of area coverage are displayed on the computer screen and saved in a spreadsheet. Spots smaller than 23.9 µm were ignored by DepositScan. Observations of nominal size spots through a stereoscopic microscope verified the accuracy of the system, and demonstrated that because of pixel limitations, the accuracy of any image-processing program using the pixel recognition technique would decrease as the spot sizes decrease. The portable scanning system offers a convenient solution for on-the-spot evaluation of spray quality under various working conditions.
Zhu, Heping , Salyani, Masoud , Fox, Robert D. , American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Meeting.
spraying , spray deposition , droplet size , spray coverage , droplet studies , electronic equipment , image analysis , computer software
- Paper presented at the ASABE Annual International Meeting, held June 20-23, 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Paper 2010, no. 1008502
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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