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EFITA newsletter / 921 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Midwest farmers face a crisis. Hundreds are dying by suicide (original article in USA TODAY)

One by one, the three men from the same close-knit community took their own lives.

Their deaths spanned a two-year stretch starting in mid-2015 and shook the village of Georgetown, Ohio, about 40 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

All of the men were in their 50s and 60s.

All were farmers.


Good old days (?????): Horses, by Mathias Joseph Alten in 1909 (American, 1871–1938)

How SARS-CoV-2 causes covid-19, and how it might be stopped

Modest improvements in treatment could make a big difference.

The science of soap – here’s how it kills the coronavirus, by Pall Thordarson

Alcohol-based disinfectants are also effective, but soap is a highly efficient way of killing the virus when it’s on your skin.

Alcohol-based products, which pretty much includes all “disinfectant” products, contain a high-percentage alcohol solution (typically 60-80% ethanol) and kill viruses in a similar fashion. But soap is better because you only need a fairly small amount of soapy water, which, with rubbing, covers your entire hand easily. Whereas you need to literally soak the virus in ethanol for a brief moment, and wipes or rubbing a gel on the hands does not guarantee that you soak every corner of the skin on your hands effectively enough.

So, soap is the best, but do please use alcohol-based sanitiser when soap is not handy or practical.

How Much Worse the Coronavirus Could Get, in Charts

You can input aggressive, moderate or mild policy responses to the pandemic, and you can adjust when they begin.
But interventions matter hugely. Ending public gatherings, closing workplaces and some schools, mass testing and fortifying hospitals keep infection rates down and reduce deaths.

Social distancing the only cost-effective solution to coronavirus for now

The only solution to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and prevent serious strains on health systems and economies across Europe is to employ preventive measures like staying home, taking care of children, shopping on behalf of grandparents.

Vegetal R&D statistics with a smile

Next webinar: March 24th @ 3:00 PM UTC
How to trust your statistical tests and rely on your results at the key steps of your plant experimentation process?
Stay up to date with the latest high-tech engineering for agro-research !!

ANOVA in agronomy: When can you rely on it?

Have you never wondered: “How on earth can I explain the results of this field experiment?” I’m sure you have already heard of the ANOVA. You may even use it to analyze your data, but this statistical tool can be tricky, notably with few repetitions, missing data. Let’s see when this test can help you and how to make the most of it.

Interpreting the results of an agronomic experiment is a complex task because of the variability of the living material studied. Many factors such as the environment, culture protocol and genetics have deeply intricated consequences on the findings of studies. The Analysis Of Variance - ANOVA - makes it easier for you to analyze datasets and assess the validity of your results. However, it is crucial to avoid a few common mistakes to guarantee the reliability of ANOVA and its interpretation. And we are here to help you doing that ;-).

Good old days (?????): Harvest time, by Mathias Joseph Alten in 1920

Agricultural drones are gradually ‘taking off’ in France, by Cécile Barbière /

France is experimenting with drones as a means of spraying pesticides so that by 2021 it can launch the practice as it could lead to more precise treatments, as well as a reduction in the use of phytosanitary products.

French farmers seek expert advice on going digital, by Sarantis Michalopoulos
France’s farming community has already started introducing new technologies but it’s still concerned about the cost as well as the lack of information on the “right choices” of equipment.

Could robot weeders be the solution to France’s pesticide problem? By Cécile Barbière

As farmers are urged to reduce their use of plant protection products (PPPs), they are forced to take on manual weeding, a tedious task for which manpower is hard to find. But could so-called ‘robot weeders’ provide a solution to this problem?

Drone spraying takes off as regulations relax worldwide

Move over dogs – drones are a farmer’s new best friend! In just a few years there’s been a huge rise in the use of drones in agriculture. Their popularity is set to soar globally as countries grant operators permission to also apply crop protection products. Read more

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Farmbot water management tool saves farmers money

Australian company Farmbot Monitoring Solutions helps farmers to manage their water system.

BASF provides growers with on-farm fungicide data

The BASF RevX Fields program allowed growers to experience new fungicides in their own backyards.

Climate FieldView terminates partnership with Tillable

The Climate Corporation terminated the platform partner agreement with Tillable.

Farmers Edge upgrades digital platform FarmCommand

The 2020 release includes new digital tools, integrations, and a new user experience.
Is non-chemical mycotoxin prevention possible?

Probiotics for tougher plants

Canadian researchers combine modern tech with ancient organisms to find solutions to mycotoxin-producing fungus.

Good old days (?????): Harvest time by Adolf (Constantin) Baumgartner-Stoiloff




AgroWeatherAPI combines weather science with agronomic expertise and provides decision support information that improves crop health and support growers with cost-saving decisions.
This special agriculture API delivers valuable information like 'CropDiseaseForecast' and 'SprayPlanner' for crop protection.  Make your software more powerful and increase your business. AppsforAgri is searching to partner-up with farm-managements systems, data platforms, apps and weather station suppliers who can add this valuable information into their software channels.

The team is currently ramping up this new business, combining the latest technology in modeling, knowledge and machine learning. We are a team of specialized agronomists, meteorologists from different technology backgrounds and long tradition in farming.

AppsforAgri is located in the Netherlands and works closely together with leading universities.

Contact: Corné BRABER
E-mail: corne(a)

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

A new generation of autonomous robots is helping plant breeders shape the crops of tomorrow.

50 Shades of Food Transparency by Lauren Stine

The global food system is changing in a few key ways. Chief among them is increasing consumer demand for more information about where their food comes from. As a farmer producing pasture-raised, grass-finished beef, lamb, and goat meat for direct-to-consumer sales, I see it happening every day. The demand extends to more than just full disclosure in the ingredients list. Consumers want to know about sourcing, manufacturing, animal welfare, shipping, child labor, and brand ethos.

Farmers tell their stories to reduce the damage of “factose intolerance”

99 good news stories you probably didn't hear about in 2019 (to forget the virus?)

If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, we have to change the stories we tell ourselves.

The rise of literacy


More than half (489 million) of the 815 million hungry people in the world live in countries affected by conflict (FAO et al., 2017)


One of the benefits of the world's growing wealth is that more people can afford food


"Sudden death", a very good Belgian beer / "Mort subite", une très bonne bière belge

Source: Alain MORIZUR
E-mail: morizura(a)

How technology disrupted the truth by K. Viner, The Guardian (2016)

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

Ventriloquist (machist!)

A ventriloquist is performing with his dummy on his lap

He’s telling a dumb-blonde joke when a young platinum-haired beauty jumps to her feet.

“What gives you the right to stereotype blondes that way?” she demands.

“What does hair color have to do with my worth as a human being?”

Flustered, the ventriloquist begins to stammer out an apology.

“You keep out of this!” she yells.

“I’m talking to that little jerk on your knee!”

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