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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 9 April 2018

EFITA newsletter / 821 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Are You Ready for Agriculture 3.0? by David Eddy (more about necessary branding than about innovation – as a sceptical / realistic / interesting approach to the picture of US Ag Tech / ICT companies that is presented below)



Agribotix is the agricultural intelligence company that provides fully supported, user-friendly, drone-enabled technologies and services developed exclusively for agriculture.

Autonomous Tractor Corporation: "Tesla for Tractors" (?)



"Only aWhere offered agriculture specific products and global coverage. Field-level agricultural weather conditions provide growers and their advisors with context for the current season which helps them to increase yields and profits.” - Paul Hoff, Agribotix

>> Weather Info API
aWhere processes more than 7 billion data points each day to create a complete ag-weather data offering that is both hyperlocal and highly accurate. To create aWhere’s innovative weather surfaces our proprietary 3D interpolation and blending algorithms incorporate satellite observations, ground radar, and both public and private weather stations. Our Weather Info API provides easy to integrate observed and forecast weather - temperature, precipitation, chance of rain, conditions, wind speed, humidity, and solar radiation, along with comparisons to historic values for anywhere on the agricultural earth.

>> Agronomic Info API
aWhere’s Agronomic Insight is built on a foundational data engine designed from the ground up specifically for agriculture. Processing 7 billion points each day, we create an ag-weather data offering that is both hyperlocal and highly accurate. But weather is just the beginning. aWhere builds agricultural intelligence and insight models on this foundation of base weather in addition to soils and crop production statistics. Our Agronomic Info API returns agronomic values such as GDDs, PET, P/PET, along with comparisons to historical and more to transform base data into usable insight. Field-specific, scientifically-vetted agronomic models drive decision making by automatically identifying plant growth stages, maturity tracking and harvest readiness, pest and disease likelihood, and crop stress.

>> Insight Services
Our Insight Services team ensures a successful platform deployment, so you quickly can see value from our solutions. Our experienced analysts will devise cost-effective strategies to best support your agricultural information management needs.


Using digital imaging software, Cainthus can analyse the health and condition of crops and livestock, providing information for improved decision making.

Our unique algorithm suite offers peerless interpretation of visual data at low cost, enabling high frequency measurement and analysis It works with any hardware that provides visual information, at any scale, and is compatible with all existing technology including UAV, satellite, CCTV, and smart devices. Today, this software is applicable to both livestock & crops.

Connecterra: The Intelligent Dairy Farmer’s Assistant

Ida is the world's first dairy farmers' assistant powered by artificial intelligence. Ida helps you run an efficient dairy farm by learning cow behaviours.

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Modelia / Afia

>>> Journée Internet des Objets (IoT) en agriculture – le 28 avril 2017 à Boigneville
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>>> Robotisation en agriculture : états des lieux et évolution
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 25 janvier 2017)
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 23 mars 2016)
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>>> Big Data et Agriculture (10 mars 2016)
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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.
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
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>>> 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)


CropX is a revolutionary software service, integrated with wireless sensors, which saves water and energy and boosts crop yield.
CropX offers an integrated hardware and software system for measuring soil moisture, temperature and electrical conductivity and sending that data to the cloud where it can be accessed from any mobile or fixed device.

Descartes Labs

A data refinery, built to understand our planet


We have developed an A.I. platform that gives us the ability to support the decision-making process in many different fields and fulfill each of our customers’ needs. The ec2ce platform's automation allows us to quickly accomplish new requirements while staying time and cost efficient.

Sophisticated machine-learning methodologies, proprietary association rules, and fuzzy logic algorithms are embedded in the platform. It's then able to select which features and algorithms should be used in each case, creating a standarized tool that is easily customized for real-world applications.

Our strategy and technology roadmap positions ec2ce as fruit of state-of-the-art in A.I. and defines a clear path as spearheads in technological development.


> Drag & Drop Farming
Graphically design your farm by dragging and dropping plants into the map. The game-like interface is learned in just a few minutes so you’ll have the whole growing season planned in no time.

> Growing Regimens
Build regimens for taking care of a plant throughout its entire life by scheduling sequences to run when the plant is a certain age. Regimens can be reused, making replanting a breeze.

> Sequence Building
Quickly create custom sequences to take full advantage of your hardware – no coding is required. Simply drag and drop basic operations together, adjust the parameters, and save.

> Real-Time Control
Move FarmBot and operate its tools in real-time with the manual controls. Scare birds away from work or next time friends are over, pull out your phone for a quick and impressive demo.


Gamaya improves efficiency and sustainability of farming businesses by offering compelling agronomy solutions, enabled by hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence


Granular’s mission is to transform the business of farming.

Harvest Croo

Harvest CROO Robotics was established in 2013 as a technology company focused on revolutionizing the agriculture industry with automation.


Solutions for Agronomic Service Providers Built on Hi-Resolution and Satellite Imagery.

Precision Hawk

PrecisionHawk empowers enterprise leaders with aerial data and analytics (and it's transforming the way business is done).



Our quest started with a puzzle. How is it that neighboring fields, with identical climates, cultivated by the same farmer, with the same seeds, fertilizers and irrigation, produce widely varied yields, sometimes tens of percents apart?


Resson combines the latest advancements in computer vision, machine learning and big data analytics to provide growers with actionable insights using their field data. Since the inception in 2013, our primary mission has been to empower growers with the digital tools to enable use of their field data to make better informed decisions and improve productivity from every acre of their farm. The predictive analytics solution from Resson goes beyond NDVI maps derived from satellite and drone imagery to virtually scout every part of the field to detect, classify and geo-locate specific anomalies, pests and diseases. We provide a simple and intuitive cloud-based platform to help better manage yields, crop inputs and agronomy decisions. We work with strategic partners and third-party service providers to bring complete, scalable end-to-end solution to the growers. Resson is a fast-growing company, with field operations across three continents, diverse geographies and multiple crops.

Spensa Technologies

Our goal is to help protect your crops from threats so you can fill your storehouses. We do that by creating tools that provide valuable, timely, and relevant insights.

Our agricultural models are transparent, visual, and configurable to your needs. We believe that no one can make better decisions about their crops than the grower, and technology should be used as a force-multiplier for


The Climate Corporation (Subsidiary of Monsanto)

The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON), announced 17 advancements accelerating through its R&D pipeline, including global expansion of the company’s research footprint to deliver science-driven, digital agriculture innovations to more farmers around the world.

Trace Genomics

The first step to improving soil health is to measure what’s under your feet

Tule Technologies

Your 24/7 Automated Irrigation Advisor

Vision Robotics

While robots are now capable of performing many tasks, it is not always easy. VRC's vision-based algorithms enable robots to autonomously create three-dimensional maps of unknown areas of interest whether this is mapping a building or modeling a grapevine. The maps and models enable robots to intelligently and accurate perform a myriad of tasks whether it is vacuuming a floor or pruning a grapevine. Applications have systems that perform meticulous detailed work or tasks requiring robots to autonomously operate effectively in very complex environments and at speeds of up to and beyond 3 miles per hour.

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A History of Violence: Steven Pinker at TEDx NewEngland

Contrary to the popular impression view that we are living in extraordinarily violent times, rates of violence at all scales have been in decline over the course of history. I explore how this decline could have happened despite the existence of a constant human nature.

California judge rules coffee firms including Starbucks must add cancer warning (funny)

Companies failed to show threat from chemical produced during roasting posed insignificant risk, judge says.
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process.

Give up coffee? Fuhgeddaboudit, say New Yorkers after California ruling

A California judge has ruled that coffee companies must put cancer warnings on their product but on the east coast, caffeine-crazed drinkers aren’t buying the latest health scare.

Next Efita
in Greece in 2019!

EFITA President: Michael Clasen
E-mail: michael.clasen(a)

What Do Retired People Do All Day?

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop.

We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, ‘Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?’

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tyres.

So my wife called him a baboon. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

Personally, we didn’t care. We came into town by bus. We try to have a little fun each day now that we’re retired. It’s important at our age.

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