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Record number 424700
Title Using crop reflectance to determine sidedress N rate in potato saves N and maintains yield
Author(s) Evert, F.K. van; Booij, R.; Jukema, J.N.; Berge, H.F.M. ten; Uenk, D.; Meurs, E.J.J.; Geel, W.C.A. van; Wijnholds, K.H.; Slabbekoorn, J.J.
Source European Journal of Agronomy 43 (2012). - ISSN 1161-0301 - p. 58 - 67.
Department(s) PPO/PRI AGRO Duurzame Bedrijfssystemen
Team Internationale Productie & Gewasinnovatie
PPO AGV Team Bodemkwaliteit
Team Bodemkwaliteit
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) nitrogen status - fertilizer nitrogen - light reflectance - chlorophyll meter - vegetation index - management - soil - sensor - corn - recommendations
Abstract A low basal N application combined with in-season adjustment of the sidedressNrate has been proposed as a means to saveN in growing potato (Solanum tuberosum L.). We hypothesize that a measurement of canopy reflectance provides information which can be used to adjust sidedressNrate. The objective of our work was to develop and test a canopy reflectance-based Nsidedress system for potato in humid climates. In four years of experiments with ware potato on a sandy soil it was determined that the reflectance index WDVI correlates well with N uptake, that sidedressN should be applied at around the time of canopy closing, and that the sidedressNrate should be calculated as the difference between a (fixed) desired N uptake and a reflectance-based measurement of N uptake. The calculated N saving in these experiments was between 10 and 109 (average 56) kg N ha-1. The reflectance-based Nsidedress system was tested at an additional two locations, with ware potatoes on a loamy soil and with starch potatoes on a sandy soil, in two further years of experiments. N saving in these experiments was between 8 and 88 (average 44) kg N ha-1. In both sets of experiments, yields with the sidedress system were generally at the same level as yields obtained with recommended Nrates (basal N only). We conclude that the reflectance-based sidedressN system allows saving of N while maintaining yield
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