Farmers can prepare and take preventive measures to withstand extreme weather events. Short-term strategies include ad-hoc drainage and irrigation and adapting planting and harvest times. The efficacy of these measures depends on a farmer’s ability to assess the situation. Knowing the condition of the farmland and the crop is essential when it comes to taking the right decisions and minimising the adverse effects of extreme weather. Detailed, reliable and timely information about the current condition of the soil and crop can be the difference between survival and disaster.