Humanity is facing its toughest challenge. Every day, our planet wakes with 200,000 more mouths to feed. Every night, more than 870 million people go to bed hungry. The need to produce more food is already acute, and the world's land, water and energy resources are under unprecedented strain.
As world population increases and the percentage of land devoted to agriculture decreases it becomes vital to improve the productivity of the agricultural land. Companies like Syngenta strive to improve varieties of their crops to meet this need.
Joseph Byrum of Syngenta, the winner of the INFORMS Franz Edelman award, donated his prize to INFORMS to further idea creation. In the spirit of such, INFORMS is excited to announce the Syngenta Crop Challenge.
Using soil property data, weather data and seed variety test data, participants are challenged to develop a model to predict what varieties farmers should plant next year to maximize yield.
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