Revolutionizing Agriculture: EnGeniousAg’s Instant Nitrate Sensors
Agtech sensor startup EnGeniousAg has secured a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Their innovative in-field nitrogen sensors are poised to transform the agricultural industry, revolutionizing fertilizer application and boosting both farmer profitability and environmental sustainability.
Nitrogen fertilizer is a costly input for corn farmers, with over $1 billion wasted annually. EnGeniousAg’s cutting-edge sensors measure nitrogen levels in crops in just three seconds, allowing farmers to make same-day nitrogen application decisions. By eliminating the need for costly lab testing and addressing excess nitrate runoff, EnGeniousAg sensors reduce the environmental impact of agriculture while enhancing farmer profitability.
EnGeniousAg’s revolutionary sensors offer a superior alternative to traditional soil nitrate tests. By directly measuring nitrate levels in plants, these sensors accurately identify the 10-30% of corn acres that won’t benefit from nitrogen fertilizer application. This breakthrough has the potential to save farmers up to $6 billion annually without compromising crop yields. EnGeniousAg’s sensors empower farmers with precise data, enabling them to apply fertilizer where it’s needed most, maximizing efficiency and reducing waste.
The company’s $1 million National Science Foundation Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant signifies recognition and support for their groundbreaking work. This funding will facilitate large-scale field tests of corn grown under varying fertilizer application rates, validating and refining EnGeniousAg’s predictive model. By translating nitrate levels in corn stalks into fertilizer application recommendations, this research will enhance the company’s technology and pave the way for widespread adoption in the industry.
EnGeniousAg has partnered with precision agriculture companies Premier Crop Systems and Soil View to conduct field tests across multiple locations. By leveraging their expertise and resources, these collaborations will provide valuable insights into different nitrogen fertilizer application levels. This collaborative effort will work to ensure the reliability and versatility of EnGeniousAg’s technology, further strengthening its potential to transform farming practices and improve outcomes for farmers.
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