Sunlight Independent Crop Canopy Reflectance Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2002-33610-11814
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-00116
Amount: $79,096.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5011 South 73rd Street, Lincoln, NE, 68516
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kyle Holland
 (402) 488-1226
Business Contact
 Carla Holland
Title: COO/Owner
Phone: (402) 448-1226
Research Institution
In order to realize on-the-go site-specific management of nitrogen for agricultural and turf grass operations, the need for a rapid, robust methodology for measuring plant nutrient deficiencies is required. Crop canopy reflectance sensors that are currently available are limited primarily by the need for adequate ambient light (sunlight) in order to make the required measurement. The proposed research will develop and prototype a new sunlight independent light sensor which will measure the color spectra reflected from plant canopies and/or soil. The sensor will be integrated into a network of sensors that are connected to a central data collection and control instrument. Data collected from the sensors will be utilized in determining the nutrient requirements of the plant material or for determining the organic matter content of bare soil. The new sensor will overcome the sunlight irradiance limitations by actively irradiating the plant or soil with an integrated light source. The new sensor will be able to make measurements in full sun or in complete darkness.

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