Project Description

Grainsense

Founded in 2014

grainsense.com

Designed to help you grow

In grain farming, timing is everything. In order to know when to harvest, store, select for feed or sell – and at what price – you have to know the quality of your crops at that specific moment. In 2014, the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland ran a project to transform traditional, bulky Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy lab equipment into a convenient handheld format. The project’s key innovation was the use of an integrating sphere combined with absorbance spectroscopy, as well as the development of a low-noise and low-power consumption NIR photo detector for ambient temperatures.

Scandinavian agriculture influencers understood that the technology could answer the urgent need for a solution to help grain sector businesses track grain quality. At the end of 2014, as a spin-off of VTT, GrainSense was born.