Cotton Boll Tracking


Cotton is a vital source of natural fiber. It accounts for nearly 25% of total world textile fiber use. Not only is cotton one of the most important textile fibers in the world, but it has also become a substantial source of food and feed for humans and livestock by providing cottonseed oil and hulls. Improving the production of cotton is essential to fulfilling the fiber, food, and feed requirements of the Earth's increasing population Infield cotton boll counting is key to predicting fiber yield as well as providing a better understanding of the physiological and genetic mechanisms of the crop's growth and development. Repeated counting can contribute to the calculation of the growth rate in the flowering and boll maturity stages, and allow for selecting genotypes that more effectively utilize their energy to form cotton products. The standard approach to obtain yield information is by manual field sampling, which is tedious, labor intensive, and expensive. Moreover, inherent human bias and sparsity in the measurements can result in inaccurate yield estimation.


  • We developed a multiple object tracking framework (NTrack) and released the first publicly available cotton boll video dataset (TexCot22)


  1. M.A.A Muzaddid and W.J. Beksi, "NTrack: A Multiple-Object Tracker and Dataset for Infield Cotton Boll Counting," IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 2023.
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