APPLICATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY TO CITRUS TREE INVENTORY

BLAZQUEZ, C. H., PH.D.

Abstract


Aerial photography from the Florida Agricultural Statistical Service was used as a base for a survey and inventory of citrus groves at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Blue (diazo) prints from FASS were used to identify groves and cross reference them with the Kennedy Space Center Facilities Master Plan. An aerial survey with color video was made of all the groves in 1996. The information extracted from resulting images was used to verify the health of trees in the respective groves. Digital enlargements were made from a previous overflight of the groves to record recent information and determine which groves were in good health and those that needed additional agricultural practices to bring them up to optimum production. Data from FASS was incorporated into the Master Plan for the first time which will make it easier in future inventories to rapidly access grove information for improved accounting and estimation of production.

Keywords


citrus; cuba; cuban citrus industry

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283