Field Crop Sensors | VideoJerame Novak | 7/12/2012
The sensors shoot both red and near-infrared light at plants to determine how healthy they are. Producers can then use that data to determine potential yields, to pick up zones and for in-season fertilization.
By only applying nitrogen fertilizer in areas that need it, they can have a healthier bottom line.
"The benefit that will give farmers the opportunity to increase their profit by hopefully increasing yield and also by not applying nitrogen where it`s not needed. So making a more efficient use of their nitrogen fertilizer," said NDSU Ag Machine Systems Specialist John Nowatzki.
Currently the technology is used mostly in corn-growing areas. Each system costs between $10,000 and $20,000.