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.
Environmental Defense Fund is seeking a solution to the problem of agricultural nitrate pollution. Concepts for systems to capture or concentrate nitrates from agricultural field drainage are required.
Currently between 50% and 80% of fertilizer applied to commercial crops in the U.S. is not absorbed by the plants and is instead lost to water and air, causing dangerous environmental and health impacts in a growing number of watersheds around the country.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.