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Optimized Crop Irrigation Using a Cost-Effective in-situ NMR Soil Water Probe

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2017-33610-27306
Agency Tracking Number: 2017-03415
Amount: $599,331.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-31
Small Business Information
8291 AERO PL STE 120
San Diego, CA 92123-2037
United States
DUNS: 078293338
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Derby
 Senior Research Scientist
 (619) 226-9954
Business Contact
 Pablo Prado
Title: CEO
Phone: (619) 501-5750
Research Institution

This project is aimed at developing a new type of tool for measuring the water content of soil. Knowledge of water content is important for irrigation management, enabling higher crop yields while reducing water and fertilizer consumption and runnoff. Existing methods of measuring soil water content all have shortcomings. Our goal is to demonstrate a tool based on NMR technology that will not have the limitations associated with tools currently available for this purpose. We intend to build a prototype soil water content measurent tool, and field test it against established measurement methods. If successful, we will demonstrate the feasibility of an NMR based tool, setting the stage for commercial development.

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