Over the past several decades farmers have been depending increasingly on groundwater to irrigate their crops due to climate change and reduced rainfall. Farmers even in drought-prone areas continue to need to grow water-intensive crops because these crops have a steady demand.
In 2019 as part of Call for Code a team of IBMers came together and brainstormed on ideas they were passionate about problems faced by farmers in developing countries due to more frequent drought conditions. The team designed an end-to-end solution that focuses on helping farmers gain insight into when to water their crops and help them optimize their water usage to grow healthy crops. This team Liquid Prep went on to win the IBM employee Call for Code Global Challenge.
Liquid Prep provides a mobile application that can obtain soil moisture data from a portable soil moisture sensor fetch weather information from The Weather Company and access crop data through a service deployed on the IBM Cloud. Their solution brings all this data together analyzes it and computes watering guidance to help the farmer decide whether to water their crops right now or conserve it for a better time.