01.03.2015 – 28.02.2019
Fondet for forskningsavgift på landbruksprodukter og Forskningsmidler over jordbruksavtalen (FFL/JA), Yara Norge AS, Yara GmbH & Co. KG, Norgesfôr AS, DuPont Agri Norway
Sustainable intensification of Norwegian cereal production by means of technology-driven adjustments of applied nitrogen and fungicides
The interface between technology and agriculture is currently sub-optimal, thus representing a bottleneck of innovations in agricultural production systems. This project addresses a week point of existing systems for site-specific N fertilization – the inability to distinguish between plant N demand and other stressors (e.g. water and diseases). Moreover, we also face the challenge of detecting fungal diseases in cereals at pre-symptomatic stage. The most critical R&D challenge faced in this project, is to transform a mosaic of information from a range of technical devices into agronomical meaningful decisions.
The project will contribute to national competence building on the utilization of cutting-edge technology for agricultural purposes. The anticipated advances in N deficiency and disease sensing in cereals will take the research front a step forward. Moreover, the project is expected to contribute to the general goal of sustainable intensification, primarily by providing a system, which potentially may increase use efficiencies of N-fertilizers and fungicides, and which may detect diseases in their pre-symptomatic stages.(MULTISENS, finished in March 2015). This project (step two) aims at bringing research a step further towards the market, by utilizing the knowledge platform established in MULTISENS and the best and the most relevant sensors available today. Step three will be to complete the work by developing a prototype of a sensor-system, in close cooperation with an industry partner.