Conservation agriculture students learn GreenSeeker

Conservation agriculture students learn GreenSeeker

Chinese scientists on a five-week conservation agriculture (CA) course at CIMMYT practice using GreenSeeker. This technology captures the infrared light reflected from plants. This can be used as a measure of biomass, and allow researchers to accurately follow the development of crops. A palmtop computer mounted on the apparatus registers and records the data as they are taken in the field.

The course, entitled “Laying the ground for sustainable and productive cropping systems,” took place in May and June 2008. The eight participants came from China, Ethiopia, and Romania for intensive training in CA and resource-conserving technologies in irrigated and rainfed wheat and maize production systems, including reduced tillage and crop residue management strategies.

For more information about the course, see CIMMYT's blog story at:

Photo credit: CIMMYT

Date: 11 June 2007