Agricultural Inspection in SWIR

Monitoring the water levels within agricultural products is a key aspect in monitoring the maturity and health of the crops. Moisture is also a part of quality control for crops in agriculture. Using a SWIR camera, crops can be inspected and examined for quality. Water is opaque and appears darker under SWIR lighting, allowing the camera to detect the moisture content of the product. Areas with higher water content well appear darker in comparison to the drier counterparts. As shown in the image below, brusing below the surface of the skin of this apple is undetectable by the eye, but can be seen using a 1280 SciCam and Metaphase 1400 nm light source, as used to take the image.

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