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An Enabling Technology that Addresses California’s Water Crisis

  • ID: 3759071
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 47 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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iCAS Crop Cultivation System - A Disruptive Agricultural Technology to Watch
California is in the midst of one of its worst droughts in recent history, which is taking a significant toll on local farmers. Little to no rain since 2011 has drained groundwater levels to record lows, and the snow caps of the Sierra Nevada mountains have receded to the brink of disappearance. This has led to a considerable need for new enabling technologies that not only understand the constraints faced by today’s farmers, but also aid in ensuring an environmentally and economically sustainable future. This market insight will outline the major challenges facing today's farmers and highlight a specific enabling technology, the iCAST Crop Cultivation System, that has the potential to transform the future of agriculture.

Key Findings

- The western United States is currently in the fourth year of one of the worst droughts in recent history, and the situation is taking a major toll on farmers.

- This has led to a significant need for new enabling technologies that not only understand the constraints faced by today’s framers, but also aid in ensuring an environmentally and economically sustainable future.

- A solution exists today: Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has created a novel crop cultivation system for upland crops called the Integrated Cultivation-Accelerating System, or iCAST.

- The solution supplies liquefied nutrients through a customizable, tube-based cultivation system that uses Integrated Cultivation-Accelerating Materials, or iCALM, as the primary growth medium as opposed to normal soil.

- iCAST is a closed system (i.e., there is no runoff), and iCALM ensures that just enough water and crop nutrients are supplied to each plant for maximum growth.

- iCAST, along with other enabling technologies, just may be the edge the farming community is looking for to ensure the long-term viability of California’s agriculture industry.
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1. Executive Summary
  • Key Findings
2. The Challenge
  • The Challenge
  • Receding Snow Caps of Half Dome
  • El Niño Challenges
  • California’s Drought Consequences
  • California’s Drought Consequences - Key Facts
  • Groundwater Challenges
  • Water Rights Challenges Facing California’s Farmers
  • Unmet Needs of California’s Farmers
  • 3 Key Trends Driving the Need for Enabling Technologies
3. The Solution
  • The Solution - iCAST Crop Cultivation System
  • iCAST - Integrated Cultivation-Accelerating System
  • How iCAST Works
  • iCAST Cabbage and Tomato Cultivation Field Tests
  • iCAST Cabbage Cultivation Field Trial Results
  • iCAST Cabbage Cultivation Field Trial - Key Notes
  • iCAST Grape Tomato Cultivation Field Trial Results
  • iCAST Grape Tomato Cultivation Field Trial - Key Notes
  • Corn and Soybean Cultivation by iCAST
  • Corn and Soybean Cultivation by iCAST - Installation
  • Corn and Soybean Cultivation by iCAST - Growth
  • Corn and Soybean Cultivation by iCAST - 42 Days after Seeding
  • Corn and Soybean Cultivation by iCAST - Growth after 80 Days
  • Corn and Soybean Cultivation by iCAST - 80 Days after Seeding
  • iCAST Efficacy Summary
Concluding Remarks - Transform or Be Disrupted
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Legal Disclaimer
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