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Crop Sensor

Crop Sensors measure and record data about crops in real time using the reflectance of light shined on the growing plants. Sensors can be installed across the application boom to collect information while driving through the field. The data is logged and mapped to be used in further analysis – or for real-time variable rate applications. This kind of data is the key to precision farming. Collect information in the fields, analyse and then make decisions based on the data.
Crop sensor helps growers apply agrochemicals based on crop vitality. For example, the sensor tells the applicator to apply less nitrogen on healthy corn plants and more nitrogen on weaker, unhealthy corn plants, according to a calibration specific to that field.
Advanced light-sensing technology is not dependent on ambient light – offering maximum flexibility to be used day or night.

Economic analysis

Investment Cost: N-sensor, computer hardware and software – price cca 30.000,00 EUR
Saving Cost: About 50 - 70€ / ha

Developer

Name: Agricon
Description:
Agriculture technologies
Country: Germany
Web site: Agricon
Contact: Peer Leithold, CEO
Phone number: + 49 34324 524 300
Location: Agricon

Farm

Name: Perutnina Ptuj d.d.
Description:
Crops growing for poultry feed
Country: Slovenia
Address:
Potrčeva cesta 10, 2250 Ptuj
Web site: Perutnina
Contact: Klemen Kavčič
Phone number: +386 (0)2 74 90 100

Upgrades

Reduce application of nitrogen in nitrogen-rich areas
Increase yield potential in nitrogen-poor areas of the field
Record crop vitality variation data across the field
Balance the effects of organic material variability across the field
Improve yield potential for crops harmed by denitrification due to poor drainage

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