China’s province monitors rice farming with satellite

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BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Guizhou Province has started using a satellite system that can monitor rice farming from space.

The system provides real-time data for planting, according to a report in Science and Technology Daily.

As a smart manager of integrated big data, the system provides pictures of paddy fields taken through remote sensing, visual monitoring and other means to help professionals make decisions on planting, said the report.

Through real-time data, farmers could monitor crop areas, and detailed figures on local meteorological and planting conditions, which helps them make decisions.

The Cengong County of Guizhou is a major rice-growing area with annual yield of around 8 million kg of certified seeds.

The county introduced the system, developed by a research team of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The UESTC research team developed the system using their self-designed core algorithms as well as technologies such as satellite remote sensing, the Internet of Things, and unmanned aerial vehicles. The system could then integrate data from various sources and provide comprehensive and real-time monitoring of rice production, according to the UESTC research team. Enditem

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