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EFITA newsletter / 749 - European Federation for Information Technology
in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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a Bulgarian farm management system company, MicroAccount (source: NewAgInternational)
Yara International ASA has reached an agreement with the Bulgarian
company MicroAccount to acquire their Farm Management System business
in Bulgaria and Romania.
"By combining Yara's extensive crop nutrition knowledge with a broad
portfolio of digital farm management tools and services, we will have
a unique platform from which to support our customers, far beyond the
geographical area this business currently serves," says Yara's Head
of Crop Nutrition, Terje Knutsen.
Last year Yara introduced a new farmer centric strategy for the Crop Nutrition
segment. Digital tools and services like Farm Management Systems are becoming
an increasingly important part of modern farming, and Yara has sought
to strengthen its position in this area.
"We want to be the farmer's crop nutrition partner and deliver complete
crop nutrition solutions, not only fertilizer. By expanding our digital
tools and services portfolio we can help the farmer increase productivity
and improve crop quality further, while at the same time contributing
to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture," says Knutsen.
For a number of years, Yara has invested in R&D and innovation to
convert crop based agronomy and application knowledge into a digital format,
through development of precision farming tools and services. The current
portfolio includes the Yara N-Sensor which helps optimize the application
of nitrogen fertilizers, smartphone apps designed to identify nutrient
status and deficiencies in crops, and the knowledge bank Megalab where
farmers' leaf or soil samples are used to give a complete recommendation
for a Crop Nutrition Solution.
The acquired business will be operated from Varna in Bulgaria and become
an integrated part of Yara Crop Nutrition's global footprint.
Hortau: Precision irrigation based on soil tension and big data
Hortau’s patented, plant-centric approach to measuring soil tension
allows growers to detect plant stress (from drought and other factors)
before it becomes visible in the crop. And get this, the system is easy
Putting Technology to Work for Horticulture: Process Control and Automation
Two separate trials underway at the Vineland Research and Innovation
Centre are proof positive that robots used in a horticultural setting
are more than capable of doing some of the work performed by their human
counterparts, at a fraction of the cost.
Cucumber harvesting robot
Today, labour is the largest cost factor of a modern greenhouse holding.
More than 30% of the total production costs are spent on wages for the
grower and his employees. Obviously, to cope with saturating market demands
and increasing competition, the grower is looking for ways to improve
the over-all efficiency of the production process. Manual labour in a
greenhouse is demanding, especially under poor climatic conditions.
Because the robots reported in literature were not suited for the high
productivity growing systems used in Dutch horticultural practice, in
1996, Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture began research on the development
of an autonomous cucumber harvesting robot supported by the Dutch Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. The task of designing robots for agricultural
applications raises issues not encountered in other industries. The robot
has to operate in a highly unstructured environment in which no two scenes
are the same. Both crop and fruit are prone to mechanical damage and should
be handled with care. The robot has to operate under adverse climatic
conditions, such as high relative humidity and temperature as well as
changing light conditions.
The robot detects individual cucumbers, assesses theri ripeness and harvest
the ripe cucumbers. During greenhouse experiments 95% of the ripe cucumbers
were detected and 75% were harvested.
At Case IH we're rethinking productivity. The Case IH Autonomous Concept
Vehicle has the potential to revolutionize farming…
Xenemetrix: Energy Dispersive X-Ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) for performing
on-site analysis of material elements (N, P, K) (source: NewAgInternational)
Eurocontrol’s Xenemetrix Announces MOU with Netafim for Entry into
the Precision Agriculture Industry.
detectar camelos y tonterías pseudocientíficas
Veinte años después de su muerte, el mensaje del divulgador científico
Carl Sagan sigue siendo necesario. Esta es su guía para combatir falacias
The Age of Post-Truth Politics
Facts hold a sacred place in Western liberal democracies. Whenever
democracy seems to be going awry, when voters are manipulated or politicians
are ducking questions, we turn to facts for salvation.
But they seem to be losing their ability to support consensus. PolitiFact
has found that about 70 percent of Donald Trump’s “factual” statements
actually fall into the categories of “mostly false,” “false” and “pants
on fire” untruth.
For the Brexit referendum, Leave argued that European Union membership
costs Britain 350 million pounds a week, but failed to account for the
money received in return.
The sense is widespread: We have entered an age of post-truth politics....
Shill gambit: Are geneticists who work for corporations less ethical
than university researchers? - Layla Katiraee
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The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
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The first worm in alcohol - Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke – Dead.
The Third worm in chocolate syrup – Dead.
Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.
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