We are excited to once again collaborate with the INFORMS Analytics Society for the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, a competition that brings together experts in mathematics, agriculture and big data to discover new ways to feed a growing population.
Agriculture is in need of innovation. The global population is using land and water faster than the planet can sustain, so simply planting more crops is not a viable option. The population is growing by 200,000 people a day. By 2050 there will be 9.8 billion people globally. How will we grow enough food to feed everyone?
Scientists at Syngenta and throughout the industry are working diligently to breed improved seed in order to maximize crop yields, but they need more efficient ways of determining which seed varieties to bring to market. By using data-driven strategies, they can optimize the plant breeding program and deliver seeds to farmers, faster.
This year’s Crop Challenge question asks participants to define stress metrics and classify corn hybrids for stress tolerances. Understanding how a hybrid reacts to certain stresses (like drought) can help breeders develop seeds with the potential to thrive across a range of environmental scenarios – giving farmers more resilient and localized seed options across the globe. Participants are given real-world performance and weather data to use in creating their stress models and classifying hybrids.
If you’re interested in a challenge that offers real-world data to help solve a global concern, join me to learn more during my information session on Monday, Nov. 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in 211B, West Building, or visit www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge.
The Challenge is currently open and submissions will be accepted until Jan. 18, 2019. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their entries during the 2019 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in April. Cash prizes totaling $8,500 will be awarded to three finalists.