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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 5 December 2016

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)

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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 outside.

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 by 2020.
Information provided by Jean-Paul VIGNAL
E-mail: jaypeevee(a)

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…


Modelia / Afia

>>> Séance de l'Académie d'Agriculture de France "Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture" (23 mars 2016)
Voir :

>>> Big Data et Agriculture (10 mars 2016)
Voir :

API Agro (10 février 2016)
La conférence "API-AGRO", organisée par l'Acta, a rassemblé plus de 150 personnes autour des API et de l'Agriculture Numérique... Revivez la conférence organisée par les partenaires du projet.
Voir :

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

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 too.
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 in India!

Sensors drive greater data value
Sensors may be the next step towards generating a profit on many farms.


European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No.95 (November 2016)

Top 5 tornado of all time: violent tornado takes out house!!!!

Talking frog

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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