NIR for Improved Fertilizer Predictions II – for Rice

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  • Published: 6 Feb 2006

  • Author(s): Lewin, Laurie, et al

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This project aimed to continue to research and improve NIR spectroscopy technology relevant to the NIR Tissue Testing Service, operated for rice growers by SunRice. The major new initiatives included:
a) implementing a growth stage calibration, based on findings from the previous project, to check the growth stages indicated by growers when they submit samples.
b) increasing the through-put of samples analysed per hour whilst reducing dust pollution.
c) further automating data handling to reduce the chance of errors and provide more reliable advice to growers.
d) determining the ability of the NIR to report the Mg : K ratios in plant tissue as an indicator of potential grain quality.