On-farm instant quality analysis
Cherney, Jerry; Cherney, Debbie
Near infrared reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy has been used to evaluate forage quality since the early 1980s. Until recently, these were relatively sensitive, large laboratory instruments that required finely-ground, dry forage samples for analysis. New technology has allowed the development of small, hand-held NIR units that can work with wet, chopped forage or silage.
near infrared reflectance; quality; forage; NIR