LONDON, July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
-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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