Fertilizer Moisture

Controlling Quality Through Moisture

Fertilizer manufacturing requires the operator to maintain the correct moisture levels throughout the process, to ensure a quality final product. Fertilizers have been utilized by farmers since ancient times to enhance plant growth and yield by replenishing soil nutrients that are depleted as crops are harvested. While crop rotation has been beneficial in maintaining soil fertility, modern fertilizers have provided a more efficient solution for nutrient replacement. However, the manufacturing process of fertilizers is energy intensive and can result in the production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Special precautions must be taken to prevent the release of nitrous oxide into the atmosphere, while carbon dioxide can be repurposed for other applications such as dry ice production or greenhouse use. 

Additionally, excess heat generated during fertilizer manufacturing can be converted into electricity for the power grid. Quality control measures are crucial in fertilizer production to ensure that the products meet manufacturing specifications for optimal spreadability, application precision, environmental impact, and return on investment. MoistTech has been a reliable supplier of on-line, continuous, non-destructive moisture meters to the fertilizer industry, utilizing NIR sensors at various points in the production process to monitor moisture levels and ensure product quality.

Compare Your Current Method

An ideal moisture management system should be able to perform accurately to detect the moisture levels in the raw materials and final product, be easily maintained, built to withstand harsh application environments and abrasive materials. Eliminate wasted product, downtime, out of spec material and increased purchase pricing due to excess water weight.


Our equipment never comes into contact with the product, allowing for less waste

zero drift

Our sensors are guaranteed not to drift over time – which saves time and money

closed loop

Create a closed-loop process by tying a moisture sensor into your PLC. Full control over the line!

no recalibrations

We’ve mastered the art of moisture sensors – your unit will never need to be recalibrated for the same product twice!

What is the Solution?

We’ve combined our decades of experience and knowledge with feedback from our industry partners to create a moisture sensor capable of taking instant, non-contact measurements of moisture, temperature, and other vital levels with the utmost accuracy. When it comes to moisture sensors, the IR-3000 is the most advanced system available.

Proper Installation

By mounting the MoistTech fertilizer moisture sensor several inches above the conveyor, after the dryer, so it can continuously monitor the process and can control the moisture content either manually or automatically in the fertilizer.

Although dust from the product is not normally a problem, in extreme dusty environments we recommend the installation of an air purge system to prevent the accumulation of material on the sensor’s window. In addition, if the fertilizer moisture sensor has to be installed close to the dryer outlet where it will be susceptible to extreme heat conditions, it will be necessary to cool the sensor with either air or water.


We offer service and support throughout the world for our moisture measurement sensors and would be happy to connect you with a rep in your area. Contact us today for more information!

Understand the Process

MoistTech provides a plug and play operation that monitors moisture content anywhere in the manufacturing line to provide instant and accurate information to line personnel. This can eliminate wasted product, downtime and timely lab tests.