Submitted to: Oregon Wheat
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 2004
Publication Date: December 2, 2004
Citation: Long, D.S. 2004. Can new optical sensors help growers better manage wheat and enhance grain value? Oregon Wheat. Technical Abstract: New identity-preserved marketing systems are forcing growers to produce high quality wheat that meets buyers' specifications and document the end-use quality of what they have produced. New on-combine optical sensors are becoming commercially available monitor to record protein, fat, oil, carbohydrate, and moisture levels of grain during harvest. Practical uses include grain segregation to enhance grain value, identifying nitrogen deficiencies in farm fields, variable-rate fertilizer application, and mapping crop residue levels for soil conservation purposes. Barriers to commercialization include a lack of venture capital to reach full manufacturing and status and protection of patent rights by earlier developers of this technology.