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EFITA newsletter / 939 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Good old days (?????) : Young Girl Guarding Her Sheep by Jean-Francois Millet
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AgGateway Europe Working to Harmonize Farm Input Data
Global Wheat Detection: Can you help identify wheat heads using image analysis?
To get large and accurate data about wheat fields worldwide, plant scientists use image detection of "wheat heads"—spikes atop the plant containing grain. These images are used to estimate the density and size of wheat heads in different varieties. Farmers can use the data to assess health and maturity when making management decisions in their fields.
However, accurate wheat head detection in outdoor field images can be visually challenging. There is often overlap of dense wheat plants, and the wind can blur the photographs. Both make it difficult to identify single heads.
Water management: Elders and SWAN partner in maximising water efficiency
Australian agricultural company Elders has announced a partnership with SWAN Systems. Read more
Data management: FarmCommand available across Isobus-enabled monitors
Farmers Edge’s digital platform now automatically connects via the universal terminal of farm equipment. Read more
Good old days (?????) : Shepherdess Seated on a Rock by Jean-François Millet
Robots: the robots are advancing…but not up a hill!
Technology for robotic weeding machines has come a long way over the past two decades but there still is a huge journey to travel for them.
Apps: Amazone app expands terminal to tablet
The Amazone Amatron Twin App allows you to easily expand your control terminal to a tablet. Read more
Sensors: SCiO NIR analyser delivers corn moisture data in seconds
SCiO for corn is a cob moisyture measurement system that delivers results in seconds via an app. Read more
GM Crops Like Golden Rice Will Save the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Children
Any day now, the government of Bangladesh may become the first country to approve the growing of a variety of yellow rice by farmers known as Golden Rice. If so, this would be a momentous victory in a long and exhausting battle fought by scientists and humanitarians to tackle a huge human health problem—a group that’s faced a great deal of opposition by misguided critics of genetically modified foods.
How Innovation Works and How it Flourishes in Freedom
Innovation, like evolution, is a process of constantly discovering ways of rearranging the world into forms that are unlikely to arise by chance… The resulting entities are… more ordered, less random, than their ingredients were before.
For the entire history of humanity before the 1820s, nobody had travelled faster than a galloping horse, certainly not with a heavy cargo; yet in the 1820s suddenly, without an animal in sight, just a pile of minerals, a fire and a little water, hundreds of people and tons of stuff are flying along at breakneck speed. The simplest ingredients—which had always been there—can produce the most improbable outcome if combined in ingenious ways… just through the rearrangement of molecules and atoms in patterns far from thermodynamic equilibrium.
Matt RIDLEY in "How Innovation Works and How it Flourishes in Freedom"
Good old days (?????): The fisherman's daughter, by Jules Breton (1827-1906)
Ep. 1 Jesse Ausubel / The Covid Tonic
Jesse Huntley Ausubel is an American environmental scientist and program manager of a variety of global biodiversity and ecology research programs. Ausubel serves as Director and Senior Research Associate of the Program for the Human Environment of Rockefeller University. He is also a science advisor to, and former Vice President of Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation where his main area of responsibility is supporting basic research in science and technology.
Nuanced changes in insect abundance? by Maria Dornelas, Gergana N. Daskalova (a curiosity!))
Drastic declines in insect biomass, abundance, and diversity reported in the literature have raised concerns among scientists and the public (1–3). If extrapolated across Earth, biomass losses of ∼25% per decade (1) project a potential catastrophe developing unnoticed under our noses. The phrase “insect Armageddon” has captured the collective attention and shined a spotlight on one of the most numerous and diverse groups of organisms on the planet. Yet, insects are critically understudied. For example, the BioTIME database (4)—a compilation of biodiversity time series—contains records for 22% of known bird species but only 3% of arthropods (the phylum that includes insects and spiders). On page 417 of this issue, van Klink et al. conduct a thorough global assessment of insect abundance and biomass trends and paint a more nuanced picture than that predicted by extrapolations (5).
Good old days (?????): Returning from the Fields by Charles Sprague Pearce (American, 1851-1914)
Tracking covid-19 excess deaths across countries
Official covid-19 death tolls still under-count the true number of fatalities.
Singapore hands out coronavirus tracing devices
Singapore has started to hand out Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing devices as part of its measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The Guinness factory
One night, Mrs McMillen answers the door to see her husband’s best friend, Paddy, standing on the doorstep.
“Hello Paddy, where is my husband? He went with you to the beer factory.”
Paddy shakes his head. “Ah, Mrs McMillen, there was a terrible accident at the beer factory, your husband fell into a vat of Guinness and drowned.”
Mrs McMillen starts crying. “Oh don’t tell me that, did he at least go quickly?”
Paddy shakes his head. “Not really – he got out three times to pee!”
Good old days (?????): The end of a day's work by Charles Sprague Pearce (American, 1851-1914)
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