Variable rate nitrogen application around the clock
The N-Sensor® ALS (ActiveLightSource) is an active sensor with an own light source. The system is capable of detecting N-status and plant biomass of cropstands by measurements of light reflectance. The innovative, patented measuring technology of the N-Sensor® ALS enables variable rate fertilizer application on-the-go irrespective of ambient light conditions, i.e. 24 hours a day.
Due to its unique technology, the N-Sensor® ALS is capable of active measurements over a comparatively long distance, scanning an appreciable part of the cropstand to be treated. This is why a compact system construction mounted on the tractor cabin became possible and large booms, hampering farm operations, could be avoided. The light source of the N-Sensor® ALS is a Xenon-flashlamp, providing multispectral light of high intensity. The share of light reflected by the cropstand is measured by a detector using four spectral channels that are most suitable for deriving plant information on N-status and biomass.
The system's software includes algorithms for optimised site-specific N fertilization of various crops, all of them developed and verified in long-term fieldtrials. The combination of advanced technology (measurements conducted within a large scanning area, with oblique view, and with optimised spectral channels) and agronomic knowledge ensures reliable detection of in-field variability and determination of optimum fertilizer rates for every spot in the field.
Proven system set-up
The well-proven set-up of the passive N-Sensor® has been kept. This means:
- easy data transfer
- compatibility with spreaders and sprayers
Added value by independence of ambient light
- extended time frame for operation (daily and seasonally)
- increased working capacity (acreage per season)
Successful on-farm operation
The N-Sensor® ALS has been successfully used by farmers in Sweden and
Germany during the 2005 fertilizing season.
If you need more info about the N-Sensor ALS, please contact Yara.