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PR – What Is The Potential For Precision Agriculture Based On Plant Sensing?

Plant-based precision nitrogen fertilizer application technologies have been developed as a way to predict nitrogen needs. This paper determines the expected profit from using plant sensing to determine nitrogen needs in winter wheat. The equipment necessary for precision application of nitrogen based on plant sensing is available commercially, but adoption has been slow. We find that plant sensing systems are roughly breakeven with current systems, which likely explains the slow rate of adoption.

Keywords: nitrogen, precision agriculture, stochastic plateau, wheat.

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Author(s): Biermacher, J.T., Brorsen, B.W., Epplin, F.M., Raun, W.R., Solie, J.B.

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Organizations(s): Oklahoma State University, The Sam Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma