Method for monitoring nitrogen status using a multi-spectral imaging system

Monte Andre Dickson (Inventor), Larry Lee Hendrickson (Inventor), John F Reid (Inventor)

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A multi-spectral imaging system and method for producing an image is disclosed. More specifically, the imaging system produces an image of vegetation for analysis of crop characteristics, such as nitrogen levels, from an area having vegetation and a non-vegetation background. A light sensing unit detects light reflected at multiple wavelengths. The image is segmented into images at different wavelengths such as at the red, green and near infrared wavelengths. The images are combined into a multi-spectral image and segmented into a vegetation image by eliminating all non-vegetation images by using the images at two wavelengths. The vegetation image is analyzed for nitrogen levels by calculating reflectance values at the green wavelength. The images may be stored for further analysis of crop characteristics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number6160902
StatePublished - Dec 12 2000

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