25 September, 2014, 12:00 am
IT’S the end of the monsoon season in India. But it’s not been a good year.
During the sowing and planting season, when water was needed the most, rain was largely absent.
Now it’s nearly harvest time and it has been raining heavily.
But for farmer Lovepreet Singh in the northern Indian state of Haryana, all is not lost. He has been getting help from new technology, like the GreenSeeker — a handheld gadget that works as a crop sensor.
As Mr Singh points to a patch of crops, the sensor emits brief bursts of red and infrared light.
By measuring the amount of each type of light that is reflected back from the plant, the device can calculate and display the health of the crop.