Sensor gives farmers more accurate read on plant health, provides valuable crop data

Neal Carpenter (left), a postdoctoral research assistant in Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy walks through fields of corn and sorghum preparing to use a handheld sensor developed at Purdue to measure the health of a plant. Matthew Fenton uses a smartphone to collect the data. Jian Jin, an assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, hopes his hyperspectral-imaging device will be used widely by plant scientists and farmers nationally and internationally.

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