Farmer Shopping List
Inexpensive remote monitoring sensors for soil moisture levels that link to automatic pivot irrigation control systems. Current systems are too expensive to place one or more in each irrigated field.
Need for a field test for vomitoxin in wheat. Farmer harvests wheat and hauls to elevator. Elevator can test for vomitoxin. If above a threshold, load is rejected. Farmer loses money in time and transport costs. If had a quick, reliable field test could blend loads or otherwise know that load will be accepted at the elevator.
Farmers and others in rural areas have limited access to broadband internet services. Without this access rural residents and businesses find it difficult to compete with those who have broadband access. Further, the lack of access leads to a drain of human resources from rural areas. Farmers need broadband services to use many of the advanced monitoring and management tools on the market today. As a business, they need access to compete with better served customers.
The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy calls for innovative ways to limit the loss of nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, to the environment. Illinois Corn Growers, Illinois NREC, and others have committed resources to finding suitable products and services to meet this need.
have all sensor data go directly to the cloud vs a downloaded file that needs to be uploaded this does happen with some systems, but perhaps a tools is needed to fit with other sensor types and could universally fit with any sensor and upload data to the cloud automatically eliminating need for farmers to process the data files.
have a sensor on a combine to determine fertility of soil during harvest to better time fertilizer applications Could be an existing sensor could work, but would it as a combine unit? Too much residue, too much static from harvesting operations.
would like a device to be able to detect rocks ahead of the cutter bar while harvesting soybean (could also be useful for wheat and other small grains). Alert operator and or raise bar automatically to avoid snagging the rock. Prevent down time and repairs needed for equipment due to rocks