Variable nitrogen rate determination from plant spectral reflectance in soft red winter wheat

Variable nitrogen rate determination from plant spectral reflectance in soft red winter wheat Variable rate nitrogen (N) application based on in-season remote sensing can potentially improve wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) N management and N use efficiency (NUE). The goal of this study was to evaluate the potential of improving in-season soft red winter wheat (SRWW) variable rate N recommendations based on crop canopy reflectance. Small-plot N rate response calibration studies guided development of the Virginia Wheat Algorithm (VWA) for grain yield prediction and variable rate N fertilizer rate determination for SRWW. Large plot, replicated validation studies conducted for 15 site-years included an N-rich strip installed at growth stage (GS) 25 and various treatments at GS 30; four or five fixed-rate treatments applied to evaluate site N response, a variable rate based on the VWA applied using a GreenSeeker® RT 200 system and a “standard” fixed rate based on GS 30 wheat tissue N concentration. All sites responded positively to GS 30 N application. When data from one site were excluded, rates were 8 and 3 kg ha−1 below the economically optimal N rate (EONR) for the VWA and standard methods, respectively. Based on these data, the GreenSeeker® RT 200 system employing the VWA was equivalent to the current standard method and offers real-time rate prescriptions with less labor and less delay than the current tissue N concentration sufficiency standard. Precision Agriculture Springer Journals

Variable nitrogen rate determination from plant spectral reflectance in soft red winter wheat

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Life Sciences; Agriculture; Soil Science & Conservation; Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry; Statistics for Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Earth Sciences; Atmospheric Sciences
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