EVALUATION OF REMOTE SENSING TO IDENTIFY VARIABILITY IN COTTON PLANT GROWTH AND CORRELATION WITH LARVAL DENSITIES OF BEET ARMYWORM AND CABBAGE LOOPER (LEPIDOPTERA:NOCTUIDAE)

D. L. Sudbrink, F. A. Harris, J. T. Robbins, P. J. English, J. L. Willers
2003 Florida Entomologist  
A BSTRACT Field experiments were conducted from 2000 to 2002 in the Mississippi Delta to evaluate remote sensing technologies for identifying factors in cotton growth and development related to infestations of beet armyworm and cabbage looper. Larval defoliation of plants was monitored using remote sensing techniques including aerial and hand-held sensors as well as visual measurements of damage. Percent reflectance differed for beet armyworm infested leaves compared to uninfested leaves. In
more » ... ested leaves. In two whole field studies, more beet armyworm hits were found in zones of less vigorous and open canopy, which corresponded to lower normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) values calculated from remotely sensed imagery. Percent light penetration of canopy was greater for plots damaged by looper larvae than for less damaged plots where looper larvae were controlled with insecticide, but NDVI values were not different.
doi:10.1653/0015-4040(2003)086[0290:eorsti]2.0.co;2 fatcat:a53cp5yi4ff2bggf54cxqd2lfy