Estimation of prematurely dropped citrus count on the ground before harvesting

Daeun Choi, Won Suk Lee, Reza Ehsani, Fritz Roka

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Abstract

Excessive amount of premature fruit drops can reach up to 25% of the entire production of the year. However, it is difficult to tell exact reasons of the premature drop due to the lack of a scientific diagnosis system. In this research, a machine vision system was developed to find where excessive fruit drop occurs in a citrus grove and to decide fruit dropping period by estimating that citrus was recently dropped or decayed due to being dropped. A hardware system was developed to facilitate automatic image acquisition in a citrus grove and reduce significant change in illumination in outdoor environment. A machine vision algorithm included thresholding and K-mean clustering to remove background and classification using a Random forest classifier. The result of this research shows that the correct identification was high (91.9%) for recently dropped citrus and relatively low (61.9%) for decayed fruit. Also, in-field spatial variability of the estimated amount of the dropped fruit by the algorithm was visualized on a map. This information can help growers to find potential causes of the fruit drop by correlating with other factors such as diseases, nutrition and soil types.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages467-474
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781632668455
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 13 2014Jul 16 2014

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
Volume1

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period7/13/147/16/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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