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Addressing the Technical Competency Gap in Weed Science: UAV-Based Herbicide Applications and Precision Weed Management”.

BySamantha Jones

May 24, 2024
Discrepancy Found Between Weed Science Research Priorities and Skillsets

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) has conducted a survey among U.S. and Canadian weed science leaders, highlighting the need for expanded technical competencies in weed science. According to the survey, precision weed management and robotics emerged as crucial areas requiring expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and UAV technologies. However, there is a notable gap in these skillsets among current leaders.

One area that requires specific attention is UAV-based herbicide applications, which require specific licenses and training, and data analytics expertise. Vijay Singh, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Weed Science Assistant Professor, said in a press release that many people lack these attributes. “We do not find many people who possess these attributes,” he said. “A similar challenge is finding engineering graduates—who have knowledge in areas such as AI and machine learning and are ready to work on interdisciplinary research.”

The survey findings show a shift in research priorities, with herbicides ranking lower than cultural and preventative weed management and precision weed management. Despite advancements like UAV-based herbicide applications showing promise, public funding for weed research has declined, raising concerns about the lack of support for vital areas like integrated weed management. Weed scientists emphasize the necessity for increased public funding to address these challenges and accelerate the development and application of AI and machine learning technologies in weed management.

Brian German, Ag News Director at AgNet West, shares more on this report: “The need for technical competencies in weed science cannot be overstated,” he said. “As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, it’s crucial that we invest in education and training programs that equip our leaders with the skills they need to succeed.”

By Samantha Jones

As a dedicated content writer at newszxcv.com, I bring a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail to every piece I create. With a background in journalism and a love for crafting engaging narratives, I strive to deliver informative and captivating content that resonates with our readers. Whether I'm covering breaking news or delving into in-depth features, my goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire through the power of words. Join me on this journey as we explore the ever-evolving world of news together.

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