An automatable, field camera track system for phenotyping crop lodging and crop movement

Alexander Q. Susko, Fletcher Gilbertson, D. Jo Heuschele, Kevin Smith, Peter Marchetto

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High throughput phenotyping systems enable rapid data collection for plant breeders. Some plant traits such as lodging, or the breaking and falling over of plant stems under wind stress, are complex and not easily measured through existing high throughput imaging platforms. We present designs for an automatable camera system that can be used in the quantification of crop lodging and crop movement under field wind conditions. Using a 360FLY 4K hemispherical video camera, industrial curtain track, and a raspberry pi computer, the camera system is capable of capturing aspects of crop lodging and movement unquantifiable by other phenotyping systems, such as unmanned aerial vehicles. The design is versatile and inexpensive relative to commercial camera track systems, and could be employed to quantify a variety of plant traits from detailed images in a field setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00029
StatePublished - Oct 2018

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture - United States Grant No. 122130 and the University of Minnesota Rapid Agricultural Response Fund - United States Grant No. AES00RR234 .


  • 360 video
  • High throughput phenotyping
  • Image analysis
  • Plant breeding
  • Video analysis


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