CropSpec™ On-the-Go Crop Canopy Sensors
CropSpec is a real-time integrated crop monitoring and application system for agriculture. Designed for use with Topcon's X30 and X20 consoles, CropSpec operates with the VRC program MapLINK or any of the application controllers and allows the user to monitor in-field variability, treat on-the-go, or keep data for future analysis or prescription applications. CropSpec was developed in cooperation with Yara International, a leading world suppier of nutrients.
CropSpec is a two-sensor configuration that is light and easy to install. The sensors mount on the cabin roof, out of harm's way with less potential for damage to crops or equipment. With technology based on Topcon's core competency of optics, CropSpec uses pulsing laser diodes for sensing. The sensors measure plant reflectance to determine chlorophyl content, which is closely related to the nitrogen concentration in the leaf. This non-destructive, non-contact method provides accurate, stable readings and repeatable values.
User Determined Rate Control -- Hi/Low Basic Mode, with a simple two-point calibration, lets the user set high and low points then perform actual on-the-go application using field averaging. The target rate can be determined by the user.
Real-Time Variable Rate Application -- Operators can subscribe to optional Yara software which processes the CropSpec readings using crop-specific algorithms to determine optimum site-specific fertilizer rates. This system allows the farmer to perform variable rate application at the same time nitrogen levels are determined, controlling the output of fertilizer in one pass over the corp.