Applications of NIR

Hay has been analysed by NIR for crude protein, acid detergent fibre, dry matter, lignin and IVDMD, rapeseed for oil and water; and spring field beans for N to name but a few applications. Most macroinorganic constituents of peaty soil can be determined, and moulds have been measured in hay, tall fescue and barley (Malley and Nilsson, 1995). A short bibliography is given below.

Compost (C and N) Food analysis Forage analysis

Manures (ammonium-N, moisture, total C and N) Ryegrass (ADF, ash, crude fibre, crude protein, IVOMD, lignin, NDF)

Suehara et al. (2001)

Osborne and Fearn (1986)

Parnell and White (1983); Shenk et al.

Reeves and Van Kessel (2000) Berardo (1992)

Silage (DM)

Silage (DM, crude protein,

Baker and Givens (1992)

de la Roza and Martinez (1992)

NDF, Cellulase OMD) Silage (DOMD) Silage (VFAs) Soil (biological activity) Soil (OM, humus) Soil


Deaville and Givens (1996)

Reeves et al. (2000)

Krischenko et al. (1992)

Reeves and McCarty (2001)

Williams and Norris (1987); Hildrum et al. (1992)

Batten and Blakeney (1992) Stark and Luchter (1991) Barton et al. (2000)

Sulphur in plants



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