From the field to the processing plant, agricultural product intended for widespread food consumption must meet numerous international quality standards.
For years, Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has proven to be a versatile analytical method for agricultural applications. ASD instrumentation has proven itself superior for rapid and accurate measurement of composition and plant reflectance properties. In-field identification and analysis of many constituents, including oil, protein, moisture, lutein, cellulose, hemicellulose, ligninmoisture, glucan, xylan, carbohydrates, fatty acids and amino acids are all possible when using an ASD system with a chemometric predictive model. ASD systems are used to determine grain composition at harvest to assure identity preservation for specialty crops and to analyze crops prior to harvest—better determination and classification of crop quality allow farmers to achieve higher profits, and industrial buyers can lower the risk of purchasing out-of-spec product.
- Rapid measurements save time
- Can be used in the field or in the lab
- Ability to measure multiple constituents simultaneously
- Cost effective
ASD’s NIR measurement solutions are ideal for the qualitative and quantitative agricultural analysis necessary throughout the entire production process, including process monitoring of fermentable sugars for increased product yield. The ability to analyze large numbers of samples rapidly in real-time, continuously, and non-destructively, provides significant advantages at the manufacturing plant. The flexibility of ASD systems allows measurement at virtually any point in the processing stream where determining constituent or final product quality is critical to the success of your operation.
ASD technology effectively measures both living plant tissue and dried plant materials. The research-grade data is also effectively used to model more complex attributes, such as for determination of Net Energy of Lactation (NEL) and for soil carbon sequestration measurements. ASD’s measurement solutions have been used successfully in a variety of vegetation analysis, including:
- Quantification of corn, canola, and soy bean seeds (measurements of protein, moisture, fats, amino acids, and other constituents)
- Development of lignin, cellulose, and nitrogen calibrations using spectra of whole fresh and dried ground leaves
- Differentiation of various wood species
- Analysis of soil carbon sequestration
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