A rapid analysis of crop fields is required to aid farmers to evaluate crop development and the effectiveness of their management practices. Making such methods of evaluation easier and more effective for growers will lead to more efficient use of fertilizers and other crop inputs.
This collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund and the Iowa Soybean Association seeks a win-win solution for farmers, the environment and farm profitability. Farmers could reduce their operating costs by using fertilizer more efficiently and increase yields while mitigating the serious problems associated with nitrogen pollution: coastal dead zones, impaired drinking water supplies, degraded fisheries and recreational areas, and risks to human health.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
A range of methods and services are available to growers to allow them to evaluate the effectiveness of management practices and their impact on crop growth and yield. An example of such tools can be seen at http://www.agtechonfarm.net/ and http://www.isafarmnet.com/. Many of these methods are perceived as inaccessible except at large scales, not available at the right times during the growing season, or too expensive. By making such methods easier to access and adopt and improving the information they deliver, growers will have the opportunity to make better evidence based decisions regarding crop nutrient needs and how to improve management practices for economic and environmental benefit.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.
To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.
What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?
An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.