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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 30 November 2015

EFITA newsletter / 718 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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The North face of Eiger mountain (the highest face in the Alps: 1600 m) in 2h22 the 16th of November 2015 by Ueli Steck (fantastic!)


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Montpellier - France at SupAgro Ag University


Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, Bruno TISSEYRE
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), tisseyre(a)

Mainstreaming precision farming: How to organise the data capture and processing to mainstream the application of precision farming for an optimisation of inputs and yield? (an update of the information already mentioned in the efita newsletter nb. 701)
The final report of this Focus Group has been published.
- Identifying and assessing the different systems and use of data handling in precision arable farming and precision livestock farming.
- Looking at where compatibility issues need to be resolved as well as potential solutions.
- Collecting existing or potential solutions to processing large volumes of data from different types of precision farming sensors as well as existing or potential solutions to integrating these data into user-friendly farm management support systems.
- Collecting existing or potential solutions to integrating precision farming systems into small and medium-sized holdings.
- Listing fail factors that limit the use of the identified techniques/systems by farmers and summarise how to address these factors as well as explore the role of innovation and knowledge transfer in addressing these fail factors.

Data and weed control

Farmers Business Network



Robot wars
Student engineers were challenged to develop robots that can measure key features of a soybean plant for a 2015 competition.

Smart combine at work
Adaptive machine control settings are closing the gap on human error. In this example, Claas has a system in the Lexion combine that can turn any operator into a pro


Modelia / Afia

>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
Voir :

>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
Voir :

>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
Voir :

>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
Voir :

>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

Voir :

Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, François BRUN
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), francois.brun(a)

Defining what it means to be productive
Global hunger and food security expert Dr. Margaret Zeigler talks about the technology needed to meet world food demand.

European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No. 83 (November 2015)

Wrapping up Agritechnica coverage
In this final gallery from the big European show we cover a wide range from a unique way to move carts through the field to a robot weed puncher (we are not kidding).

Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe
Geneticists at Harvard have found that the rise of agriculture some 8,500 years ago led to widespread changes, affecting height and skin color…
One day, they may be able to track historic changes in the human genome across the globe over tens of thousands of years.

Agricultural Health Study


An Italian Mama

Mrs. Ravioli comes to visit her son Anthony for dinner.

He lives with a female roommate, Maria.

During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty Anthony's roommate is.

Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Anthony and his roommate than met the eye.

Reading his mom's thoughts, Anthony volunteered, "I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Maria and I are just roommates.''

About a week later, Maria came to Anthony saying, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver sugar bowl. You don't suppose she took it, do you?"

"Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure." So he sat down and wrote an email:

Dear Mama,

I'm not saying that you "did" take the sugar bowl from my house; I'm not saying that you "did not" take it. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Your Loving Son,

A few days later, Anthony received a response email from his Mama which read:

Dear son,

I'm not saying that you "do" sleep with Maria, and I'm not saying that you "do not" sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the sugar bowl by now.

Your Loving Mama

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