Soil and Crop Sensing Technology

A variety of essential soil properties on the go are being developed is measure by sensor. These sensors can be used to generate field maps of particular soil properties, to control variable rate application equipment in real-time or in conjunction with a Global Positioning System (GPS).

Spectrum Technologies Develops Bluetooth Device for TDR 300 Soil Moisture Meter

Spectrum Technologies, Inc. announces the availability of a Bluetooth Device & FieldScout Mobile App for new or existing TDR 300 Soil Moisture Meters. The technology package allow farmers to realize more efficiency and labor savings in generating soil moisture measurements. The package includes the Bluetooth Smart device and FieldScout Mobile App. The FREE App is available for both iPhone and Android smart phones from their respective stores. Users can customize both the number of management zones (maximum of 25) within an area, such as a green or a tee and the color designation of soil moisture levels.

AgTech: OptRx Crop Sensors by Agleader

OptRx Crop Sensors measure and record data about crops in real time using the reflectance of light shined on the growing plants.

1. Virtual reference strip.
2. User-friendliness
3. Red-edge light wave

AgTech: Soil sensor technology developed at NDSU

A technology developed at NDSU creates precise in-the-ground measurement and monitoring of soil and crop conditions, which could provide opportunities for greater yields. The technology also has led to a new start-up company. The c2sensor corp., based in the NDSU Technology Incubator, has concluded a license agreement with the NDSU Research Foundation for the precision agriculture technology.

Developed by a research team at NDSU, the sensors are constructed using NDSU's patent-pending "direct write" electronic printing techniques to print circuit and antenna patterns directly onto renewable, bio-based substrates. Developed between the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NDSU, the sensors are made with biocomposites so they can be left in the ground to biodegrade without harming soil quality.