Soil Diagnostics Inc. is in the business of helping growers manage their most valuable asset, their soil. We want to bring cutting edge, low cost, high resolution monitoring services for soil nutrients and soil-dwelling pathogens to enable growers to maximize their profitability while reducing their input costs.
Primary Application Area: Water, Waste, Environmental
Technology Development Status: Prototype
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The FertiSaver process currently under aggressive development at Soil Diagnostics Inc. will enhance the economic feasibility of site-specific, variable-rate nitrogen fertilizer management and will directly increase profitability for corn growers in the U.S. Midwest. The simplified soil testing system will enable your crop adviser to recommend appropriately reduced nitrogen fertilizer application rates without impacting yields. In addition to lowered input costs, the resulting reduction in fertilizer application will reduce non-point source nitrate pollution of natural water resources.The proposed technology development is a rational basis for resolving existing and potential legal conflicts arising out of non point source nitrate pollution. At Soil Diagnostics Inc., we believe the environmental sustainability and agricultural productivity go hand in hand. Our FertiSaver technology is an actionable soil test that has the potential to reduce your fertilizer application by 35% (~$30/acre savings) on average without impacting corn yields in the Midwest. Together nationally we could potentially save $1.9 billion in fertilizer costs, while addressing a "Grand Challenge" articulated by the National Academy of Engineering, which is to effectively manage the nitrogen cycle.
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Showcase Booth #: 304
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: I-Start Accelerator Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois Proof of Concept award
SBIR/STTR Awards: $150,000, NSF, Jan 2016