Crop Alert – Learning From the Growers

2015 Challenge

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    The livelihoods of many people are dependent on the success of crop harvests. As an example, it has been estimated that more than two million people in Latin America have been affected by coffee rust disease since the 2012 epidemic, causing an estimated $1 billion in economic damage and the potential loss of up to 500,000 jobs. Timely data about the progress of crop pests and diseases can help to mitigate their spread and the onset of epidemics. Learning from growers could potentially inform future space explorers on crop pests and diseases.


    Develop a mobile/web app/SMS capability to help growers who face challenges from crop pests and diseases. The challenge is to develop an app to crowd-source local growers’ information about pests and diseases affecting their crops and the effects on their harvest. The resulting data could be creatively mapped or displayed graphically, e.g. by mapping the spread with time of the pests/ diseases. Crowd-sourced crop pictures could be incorporated for community identification of the pest/disease.

    The key benefits of this application:
    • Works as an early alert system for farmers in neighboring regions, providing them with information in advance about specific pests/ diseases they will need to protect their crops from. It could help to reduce the overuse of pesticides through more targeted preventative measures being identified.
    • Provision of an additional data source for scientists to investigate the links between crop pest / disease spread and the contributing economic, social and meteorological factors.


    Crowd sourced the following attributes. Feel free to add or subtract.

    At the beginning and during the growing season:
    • Location – latitude, longitude
    • Name of pest/ disease or a photo upload
    • Date when the pest/ disease started
    • Current date
    • % area currently affected
    • An option for crop grower to add information about pesticide application.

    Additionally, at the end of the growing season:
    • Date of harvest
    • Percentage of harvest destroyed as a consequence

    Advanced specifications
    • Incorporation of a pest/ disease crowdsourced photo library that users can search to identify the issue affecting their crop. Users could also have the option of adding to this library. If the user doesn't know the name of the pest or disease, then other users could help to identify it. The image identification could be verified through use of a user rating system.
    • Incorporation of weather data (e.g. current anomalies from climatology)
    • Alerts based on meteorological indicators relevant to each crop.

    Sample Resources(Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

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