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Title: SENSORS FOR SITE-SPECIFIC MANAGEMENT

Author
item Sudduth, Kenneth - Ken
item Hummel, John
item Birrell, Stuart

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/22/1996
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Site-specific management requires the collection of large quantities of data to describe within-field variability and to assess the effects of management strategies on that variability. Electronic sensing technology will allow the collection of soil, site, pest, and crop data on a finer spatial resolution and more efficiently than is possible with current manual and/or laboratory methods. A number of sensors applicable to site specific management are commercially available or in development. These include soil property sensors (organic matter, soil moisture, electrical conductivity, soil nitrate, soil texture or structure), pest sensors (weed location and identification), and crop-related sensors (chlorophyll level and crop stress, crop harvest flow rate, crop moisture, plant population). In this chapter, the current state of sensing technologies for site specific management is reviewed, and emerging issues related to this field are discussed.