Efita Newsletter / 920, dated March 9, 2020

Efita Newsletter / 920, dated March 9, 2020

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EFITA newsletter / 920 – European Federation for Information Technology
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Good old days (?????): October by Jules Bastien-Lepage (1878)

Evolution of COVID-19 in real time

Coronavirus: nine reasons to be reassured

Yes, Covid-19 is serious, but context is key and the world is well placed
to deal with it.
– We know what it is.
– We know it can be contained (albeit at considerable cost).
– Catching it is not that easy (if we are careful) and we can kill it quite
easily (provided we try).
– In most cases, symptoms are mild, and young people are at very low risk.
– People are recovering from it.
– Hundreds of scientific articles have already been written about it.
– Vaccine prototypes exist.
– Dozens of treatments are already being tested.

COVID-19: A Survey of the Scientific Literature, by Philippe Lacoude


The race to produce
a vaccine for the latest coronavirus

Even if scientists are too late for this outbreak, their work will not be


Latest issues (Vol. 10, issues 4, 5 and Vol. 11, issue 1) of the Scopus
indexed ‘International Journal on Food System Dynamics’

You may access the articles directly through the PDF files in the attachment
or through the journal’s web site.
You might be interested to link up with the annual International
Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks
from which
the journal evolved.
Contact: Gerhard SCHIEFER
E-mail: ulb200(a)uni-bonn.de

Old good days (?????):
Working Outdoors by George Clausen 1852-1944



Are data ownership issues a barrier to ROI?

Canadian researchers have identified data ownership concerns as harmful
to farmers’ return-on-investment, adding yet another barrier to precision-tech
adoption. Read more
How to remove these barriers?

Data ownership questions – and why they’re important

Data-intensive software systems often come with lengthy and complex user
agreements, many of which do not explicitly state who has usage and ownership
rights of the data generated from the farm. Whether producer-owned or
not, it’s important for those signing on the dotted line to understand
who exactly has rights to their farm data, and how that data could be
potentially used.

DOT Power Platform available this spring

Raven Industries and DOT Technology Corp are preparing for commercialisation
of the Dot Power Platform this spring. Read more

Granular tool for measuring field-level profitability

Granular Insights combines a farm’s multiple sources of operational data
with estimated revenue and cost data.

Robotti to reduce herbicide usage in sugar beets

Using a Robotti tool carrier a 70% reduction in herbicide usage in sugar
beets was achieved in Denmark.

Drone technology: Autonomous technology helps drones dodge air traffic

Testing shows drones can use autonomous technology to dodge other air
traffic, which means they could safely operate beyond the line of sight.
How can drones avoid collisions?

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India’s Arya raises $6m pre-series B to help farmers avoid selling grain
when it’s cheapest

One of the worst times for an Indian smallholder farmer to come to market
with their grains or seeds is exactly when you might expect them to do just
that — right after harvest. At this point, even during relatively bad seasons,
the market is well and truly glutted; commodity prices slump to their lowest
points and farmers are left with the smallest possible payoff for their
labour. Next harvest, same story.

Farmobile patents blockchain tech to protect and manage growers’ data, by
Lauren Stine

Data privacy in agriculture has been an ongoing discussion or in some cases
a heated debate. For farmers and agribusinesses, aggregating and nalysing
crop production data can help improve crop yields and increase efficiencies
in the process. Other stakeholders in the food space are also finding creative
ways to harness data, such as for sustainability goals. Last year, Tyson
Foods partnered with non-profit Environmental Defense Fund to develop a
set of initiatives to help Tyson achieve its GHG reduction goals by using
Farmers Business Network and MyFarms, two ag data platforms.

CattleEye comes out of stealth with computer vision-based livestock management

Just in time for the Animal Agtech Innovation Summit in San Francisco in
less than 2 weeks, Belfast-based CattleEye is coming out of stealth with
an AI-backed autonomous livestock monitoring platform that allows users
to identify dairy cows and find out things about them such as whether they’re
sick, becoming lame, going into heat, and what their overall body condition
looks like. The technology can help farmers produce $400 more milk per cow,
according to co-founder Terry Canning, as things like missing an estrus
cycle or a delay in treating disease can cut into already razor-thin margins.

Old good
days (????) : The Recall of the Gleaners by Jules Breton, study, 1859

Operation desert corn: Bayer opens new high-tech greenhouse in Arizona,
by Richard Martyn-Hemphill

The German chemicals and life science giant Bayer has opened its new automated
greenhouse facility in Marana, Arizona.
The facility is the first of its kind for the company and the most technically
advanced, the company says in a press release sent to AFN. Costing roughly
$100 million for a company that has had a rough ride on its share price
valuation over the last few years, the facility will serve as a global product
design center for corn, the only crop to be grown there. Additionally, the
Marana facility will work on proprietary seed chipping, advanced marker
technology, automation and data science.

Priva is seeking horticulture tech startups for Phil, its new innovation

If you are a startup innovating in the horticulture space, there is a new
guy on the block named Phil that you really ought to meet. Major horticulture
company Priva recently debuted the Priva Horticulture Innovation Lab or
Phil for short. Founded in 1959, the Dutch building controls company is
one of the biggest and longest-standing players in the horticulture industry.

Syngenta leads Series A for WeedOUT to commercialize first species-specific
biological herbicide

Israel-based biological crop protection technology startup WeedOUT recently
announced the first close of a Series A round led by Syngenta Ventures to
tackle weeds that are resistant to chemical herbicides such as glyphosate.
If effective, this product could be revolutionary for the bio-crop protection
space; it’s understood that efficacy in biological alternatives to herbicides
specifically has been challenging to achieve.

Jewish joke

A Jewish man took his Passover lunch to eat outside in the park. He sat
down on a bench and began eating.

A little while later a blind man came by and sat down next to him.

Feeling neighborly, the Jewish man passed a sheet of matzo to the blind

The blind man ran his fingers over the matzo for a few minutes, looked
puzzled, and finally exclaimed, “Who wrote this crap?”

Old good days (?????):
La gardeuse
de dindons (détail) par Jules Breton (1864)



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