August 21, 2014
If you ask someone what is the most important thing for growing a crop and you will hear a variety of answers — everything from good seeds to pest protection to effective fertilizers. However, before you can use any of these inputs there is one key item that every farmer needs to have any harvest — water.
Water is the key to life for humans as well as plants. It makes the food on our dinner table possible, and ensuring we protect this precious and limited natural resource is essential to feeding 9 billion in 2050. Systems that can deliver the exact amount water needed to grow a healthy crop with as little waste as possible are a priority for agricultural innovators. Learn more about one breakthrough invention in this field in our Agricultural Innovation Profile: Drip Irrigation.