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An Enabling Technology that Addresses California’s Water Crisis

An Enabling Technology that Addresses California’s Water Crisis

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.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • 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
  • 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
      • Table iCAST? Cabbage Cultivation Field Trial Results, Average Plant Height, US, 2012-2013
      • Table iCAST? Cabbage Cultivation Field Trial Results, Average Number of Leaves, US, 2012-2013
      • Table iCAST? Cabbage Cultivation Field Trial Results, Average Integrated Nutrient Solution Consumption, US, 2012-2013
    • iCAST Cabbage Cultivation Field Trial-Key Notes
    • iCAST? Grape Tomato Cultivation Field Trial Results
      • Table iCAST? Grape Tomato Cultivation Field Trial Results, Average Crop Height, US, 2012-2013
      • Table iCAST? Grape Tomato Cultivation Field Trial Results, Average Integrated Nutrient Solution Consumption, US, 2012-2013
    • 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

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