Farm equipment manufacturer Agri-Tech has filed a patent for a type of plant nutrient-rich feed that is designed to help farmers grow their own crops.
The patent was filed by the company’s subsidiary AgriTech-USA in Delaware.
It covers technology that uses plant nutrients, a form of biopolymer, to grow seeds.
The nutrient-sensing plant technology uses light, temperature and other sensing to identify and track plant growth, according to Agri Tech’s website.
The plant technology is intended to be used in a number of areas, including crop and feed production, irrigation and crop monitoring, agricultural engineering, agricultural lighting technologies and agricultural machinery.
“The nutrient sensing technology can be used to identify plant growth and produce nutrients at different levels of plant growth,” Agri Technology’s website states.
“It can also be used for monitoring nutrient levels in crops.”
Agri-tech said it plans to develop a feed that uses the nutrient-based technology in its field trials.
The feed would be marketed through a retail outlet, but the company declined to provide a pricing breakdown.
The company’s patent application said that the nutrient sensing plant technology would work best in crops with high levels of soil nutrients, which is why it was used to test its technology in soil samples from farms in California and Washington.
The product has been tested in the field in a variety of environments and in different locations around the United States, the company said.
“AgriTech has developed an improved version of the nutrient sensor that is able to detect nutrients in different soils,” the company added.
The technology would also be useful in agriculture that depends on crop rotation and soil moisture, the application said.
It said the nutrient detection technology would be able to identify nutrients from soil and soil particles as well as soil particles from crop residues.
The feed could also be applied in areas where crops are planted in the same way as conventional crops, the Agri tech application said, without elaborating.
“For example, we believe that in agricultural operations, the nutrient sensors could be used as part of crop rotation systems,” it said.