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- France at SupAgro Ag University
: Jean-Pierre CHANET, Bruno TISSEYRE
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a)irstea.fr, tisseyre(a)supagro.inra.fr
> A low-cost greenhouse monitoring system based on internet connectivity
> Tracing boundaries of weeds using digital images
Effidence robot following one people working in a French wineyard
Recent accessing results for "ICT in Agriculture: Perspectives
of Technological Innovation"
Initially, in 2006, the e-Book was accessed 38,927 times with 18802
reviews. In 2015, the e-Book was accessed 666642 times with 127778 papers
reviews and 445 full texts downloaded from most of the world’s countries.
ICT’s evolution, innovation and implementation in Agriculture is still
surging ahead. With this in mind the e-Book’s ultimate goal was, and
remains, to provide would-be developers, agents of change, policy makers
and ICT end users with proven tips BEFORE they repeat past mistakes,
misinterpret successful ideas and miss potential collaboration opportunities.
This EFITA e-Book will complete its first decade of free public access
in 2016. The 2015 stats contend with some confidence that this e-Book
effort was effective and remains useful.
(sponsored by EFITA, The Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy
Research and the Hebrew University Center for Agricultural Economic
Contact: Dr. Ehud GELB
Monsanto: New agriculture breakthroughs poised to support farmers,
support demands of a growing population
Advancements in digital agriculture tools, including The Climate Corporation’s
Climate FieldView DriveTM and Script Creator in Climate FieldView ProTM
are now helping farmers increase their on-farm productivity.
groups understand value of working with farmers by Jim Ruen
As crop producers come under increasing pressure over water quality
and other environmental issues, conservation and environmental organizations
can be valuable partners.
Guns, Anger and Nonsense in Oregon
The simple message Mr. Bundy and his band must hear is this: If everyone
with a gripe against the government responded by threatening federal officials
with weapons, America would no longer be a nation governed by the rule
of law. Their grievances, like everyone else’s, can be addressed. But
not before they put down the guns.
Microbes Added to Seeds Could Boost Crop Production
Researchers are testing more than 2,000 different microbial seed coatings
on half a million test plots in the U.S.
The transient nature of the microbiome is one of the reasons Novozymes
and Monsanto are currently field-testing microbes coated on seeds, rather
than using other applications like sprays or root soaks. Hitting plants
when they are germinating and sprouting, even if the effects are fleeting,
could put them on track to be healthier as they grow. Although Schäfer
would love to find a single blockbuster microbe, his scientists are also
beginning to realize that bigger benefits may come from sets of microbes
working together. With thousands of species in one gram of soil, the possible
combinations are endless. Right now they are testing the species one by
one, and they will wait until they have strong enough data on the singletons
before testing combos.
Despite the challenges, Schäfer maintains microbes are poised to make
a lasting impact on modern agriculture. Existing microbial products such
as Novozymes’ Met52, a fungus that limits vine weevils, are already used
on millions of acres; if seed coatings take off, that number could jump.
The two firms think bio-ag products will be used on up to 500 million
acres, or 50 percent of U.S. farmland, by 2025. “Companies like Monsanto,
Bayer, Syngenta and BASF are working on microbes because they believe
[the technology] has the potential to reduce chemistry and allow us to
live more sustainably,” Schäfer says.
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A thought for today
from the nice guys killed by crazy people one year ago in Paris
Sometimes laughter hurts, but humor and mockery are our only weapons.
- Cabu (pen name of Jean Cabut), cartoonist and co-founder of Charlie
We do not have to agree (I don’t) with these very much provocative (and
sometimes stupid) drawings but I think that they may help us to think
about our world. For many French people of my generation Cabu and Wolinski
were like old brothers.
Our splendid Europe
and its magnificent hymn
(very old joke)
Once upon a time, there was a King who wanted to go fishing. He called
the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for
the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance
of rain in the coming days. So, the King went fishing with his wife, the
On the way, he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the King the farmer
said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because
in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area."
The King was polite and considerate, he replied, "I hold the palace
meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced
professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very
different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way."
So he continued on his way. However, a short time later a torrential rain
fell from the sky.
The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon
seeing them in such a shameful condition. Furious, the King returned to
the palace and gave the order to fire the weatherman at once! Then he
summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role
of royal forecaster.
The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting.
I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping,
it means with certainty that it will rain." So, the King hired the
And so began the practice of hiring asses to work in the government and
occupy its highest and most influential positions.
This tradition continues to this day.
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