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EFITA newsletter / 759 - European Federation for Information Technology
in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Will Donald Trump be as funny as GW Bush? (GW)
Robots Are Growing Tons of Our Food. Here's the Creepy Part.
You don't see self-driving cars taking over American cities yet,
but robotic tractors already roar through our corn and soybean farms,
helping to plant and spray crops. They also gather huge troves of data,
measuring moisture levels in the soil and tracking unruly weeds. Combine
that with customized weather forecasts and satellite imagery, and farmers
can now make complex decisions like when to harvest—without ever stepping
These tools are part of a new trend, known as "precision agriculture,"
that is transforming how we grow crops. Using everything from sensors
on combines to drones equipped with infrared cameras that monitor plant
health, service providers—ranging from Monsanto and DuPont to startups—take
data from the fields, upload it to the cloud, crunch it, and provide
farmers with advice on how to run their operations.
Precision agriculture has been around since the '90s, but it really
took off when GPS technology became cheap and ubiquitous in the mid-2000s.
It got another major boost in 2013, when Monsanto, a top producer of
genetically modified seeds and pesticides, bought a Silicon Valley weather
prediction startup called the Climate Corporation for $930 million.
Monsanto now claims its digital-ag platform is used on nearly 45 percent
of US corn and soybean acres. Even as seed and pesticide sales stagnate
across the industry, revenue from farm data services reached $2.76 billion
in 2015, and one market research firm estimates it'll grow to $4.8 billion
Information provided by Jean-Paul VIGNAL
Farming 4.0: The future of agriculture?
With this funny conclusion:
But industry believes that costly compliance with EU legislation will
hamper future innovation. According to industry, nearly one third of
the price increase of a tractor in the last 15 years can be attributed
to comply with new EU legislation.
I believe (GW) that the age and limited revenue of European farmers
are more important obstacles than EU regulations…
Disrupting How Farming is Done
Trringo is a revolutionary tractor and farm equipment rental business
that harnesses the power of technology and a strong franchisee network
to make farm mechanization easily accessible, affordable and reachable
to every Indian farmer
Trringo is a first-of-its-kind, tractor and farm equipment rental business
that aims to raise the level of mechanisation in Indian farming. A Mahindra
& Mahindra venture, Trringo draws on the vast experience and understanding
of rural India that the group has acquired over the decades.
The truth of the matter is, not every farmer can afford his own tractor.
Small farmers ask for tractors from the few who own them, leading to
uncertainty, compromise on quality of tractors or equipment, and often,
disappointment. That's where Trringo comes into the picture.
Now, whenever farmers need a tractor or any farm equipment, they can
simply call Trringo, or use its mobile app, and place their order. They
will receive a well-maintained tractor along with a professional driver
with utmost ease. Not only can they get their work done in a stress-free
manner, with consistent use of mechanisation, their productivity increases
By harnessing the growing reach of the mobile and its strong franchisee
network, Trringo is creating potent business opportunities and in the
process, bringing mechanised farming within the reach of every farmer
Sensors drive greater data value
Sensors may be the next step towards generating a profit on many
European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No.95 (November 2016)
Top 5 tornado of all time: violent tornado takes out house!!!!
Johnny is sitting on the river bank fishing, when a frog climbs out of the
water up to him and says:
"If you please kind sir, I am a beautiful princess, who has been cursed
by an evil witch. If you will give me a kiss I will be changed back and
we can be marrried, and live happily ever after."
Johnny thought a minute then replied:
"No thanks, I would rather have a talking frog."
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