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An Optimal Crop Residue Radiometer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 34423
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2666 Sequoia Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. John E. Colwell
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Research Institution

There is a need for a simple, cost-effective procedure for making accurate estimates of crop residue in agricultural fields. The objectives of this Phase I effort is to conduct the research required to design a light-weight, affordable hand-held spectral radiometer and associated spectral algorithm for quickly making field estimates of percent crop residue cover. The specific tasks that will be addressed in order to meet project objectives are: 1) the development of a high spectral resolution data set of relectance measurements of a national sample of soils and crop residues; 2) an assessment of the optimal spectral regions for assessing crop residue cover, as well as an assessment of the general form of a spectral algorithm using these spectral bands; and 3) a preliminary assessment of hardware opportunities and constraints in building a cost-effective crop residue radiometer.

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