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2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics offers $5,000 prize

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Put your analytics skills to the test and win $5,000 in the 2017 “Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics” administered by INFORMS and sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS.

As the world population increases and arable land decreases, it becomes vital to improve the productivity of the agricultural land available. Companies such as Syngenta strive to provide varieties of their crops to meet this need.

Every year farmers have to make decisions about which soybean seeds to plant given information about different soybean varieties and knowledge about the soil and climate at their respective farms. These annual decisions are critical; after a variety is planted, the decision is irreversible. Unusual weather patterns can have disastrous impacts on crops.

A highly desirable variety may be in short supply and unavailable for farmers. To ensure there is enough seed of the desired varieties for farmers, it is critical to evaluate which variety or varieties are more likely to be chosen by farmers from a growing region.

Using the provided variety, growing region and exogenous data sets, Crop Challenge participants are challenged to predict which soybean seed variety or mix of up to five varieties in appropriate proportions is more likely to be chosen by farmers from a growing region.

Timeline: Data for the challenge will be available no later than Sept. 1, 2016. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 16, 2017. Finalists will be announced Feb. 24, 2017. Finalist presentation will be held at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, April 2-4, 2017, in Las Vegas.

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