Early Adopter Grower Innovation Community

BioSTL launched EAGIC to create a new pathway for innovation to reach farmers. Currently, farmers are receivers of innovation; it is coming at them from all angles and sources. A farmer not only has to deal with the various technologies, they have to figure out which ones will be cost effective on their farm. It can be overwhelming. The current model is also flawed in that farmers are asked to buy the innovation and learn to implement it at their own risk and expense. Farmers are often holding the "risk bag" for innovation. All this can lead to indecision and delay in implementing innovations on the farm. That long-time horizon to adoption and scale of an innovation limits investor interest in agriculture. If they can expect a quicker return elsewhere, why invest in ag? All this reduces grower productivity. Instead of leveraging innovation for enhanced efficiencies, farmers are burdened by the choices of options offered.
EAGIC starts with the needs of farmers. We use our domestic and global networks to find solutions for these needs. We curate the innovations and bring to the farmer innovations that look to address their needs.


Learn more about how EAGIC helps to facilitate farmer-driven innovation in the ag community.


Wondering how to get involved? Share your challenges with solution providers and be a part of the innovation process.

Solution Providers

Think you can solve that problem? Learn about the real needs farmers have and how your innovation pipeline could help.

Farmer Need List

This is a list from Farmers of problems that need solutions. Do you have the technology to help them?

Grain Storage Sensors

The ask was for a throw-away sensor that could be added to the grain as it is placed in storage. Basically wanted a cheap, reliable grain storage montitoring system.

Rural Broadband Connectivity

Farmers and others in rural areas have limited access to broadband internet services. Without this access rural residents and businesses find it difficult to compete with those who have broadband access. Further, the lack of access leads to a drain of human resources from rural areas. Farmers need broadband services to use many of the advanced monitoring and management tools on the market today. As a business, they need access to compete with better served customers. 

Nutrient Loss Reduction

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy calls for innovative ways to limit the loss of nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, to the environment. Illinois Corn Growers, Illinois NREC, and others have committed resources to finding suitable products and services to meet this need. 

Automate Cloud Upload

Have all sensor data go directly to the cloud vs a downloaded file that needs to be uploaded this does happen with some systems, but perhaps a tools is needed to fit with other sensor types and could universally fit with any sensor and upload data to the cloud automatically eliminating need for farmers to process the data files. 

Disease Sensor

Have an optical sensor that could look at beans as you harvest and determine the disease that causes them to staygreen and not drop leaves. 

Soil Fertility Sensor

Have a sensor on a combine to determine fertility of soil during harvest to better time fertilizer applications Could be an existing sensor could work, but would it as a combine unit? Too much residue, too much static from harvesting operations.

Detecting Herbicide Resistance

To use weed leaf tissue or weed residue to determine if the weed is resistant to a particular chemistry. Could help map and measure weed resistance in fields.

On-the-go Soil Moisture Sensor

Have a sensor on tillage equipment to indicate if too wet conditions for certain soil types.

On the go pH sensor

Need to be able to do annual applications of lime. Need quick method sensor. "Something other than the Veris sensor". Need to find out more about why Veris sensor is not working. 

Rock Detection for Soybean Cutter Bar

Would like a device to be able to detect rocks ahead of the cutter bar while harvesting soybean (could also be useful for wheat and other small grains). Alert operator and or raise bar automatically to avoid snagging the rock. Prevent down time and repairs needed for equipment due to rocks

Vomitoxin Field Test

Need for a field test for vomitoxin in wheat.  Farmer harvests wheat and hauls to elevator. Elevator can test for vomitoxin. If above a threshold, load is rejected. Farmer loses money in time and transport costs. If had a quick, reliable field test could blend loads or otherwise know that load will be accepted at the elevator. Reported Aug 3, 2019 by Jake P from IL