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EFITA newsletter / 986 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Efita 2021 Conference
25 -26 May 2021 - Digital Agriculture Web Conference
The European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA) would like to invite you at the first EFITA International online Conference in 2021. As a way to keep the momentum and engagement of our society, while maintaining the plans for the 2022 physical EFITA conference, this conference and its format are planned as a response to the unpredictable situation created by the COVID-19.
This event is an opportunity to bring together engineers, scientists, technicians, aca-demics and industry people in a new way to exchange knowledge, ideas, to present innovations and to discuss the state-of-the-art and future use of ICT in the agri-food sector and bio-resources production sectors.
May 2021 EFITA Web conference participants: questionnaire about ICT in Agriculture (distributed since the 1997 Efita Conference)
The 2021 replies with the earlier collated insights will enable finalising our 25 years questionnaire overview - planned to be presented at the EFITA 2022 conference.
Contacts: Ehud GELB and Gilad RAVID
E-mail : ehud.gelb(a)mail.huji.ac.il
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Disease Warning System: Protect your crops
Plants are the very heart of farming. At SmartFarm, we want to make sure they are given the protection they need when they are at their most vulnerable. With our accurate disease warning system that are included for free with every purchase of a FieldMate, we enable farmers to be ahead of any risk that could harm the heart of their business.
Agworld: Enabling Collaboration in Agriculture
Making Ag Retail more profitable. The Agworld Platform enables America’s Ag Retailers to realize significant cost savings, $286,500 per year on average for a mid sized organization, as well as empowering advisors to develop more and better grower relationships that last.
AgVend is your digital partner for serving the producer of tomorrow. We provide ag retailers with white-labeled information, engagement, and commerce portals. Our suite of products is designed to strengthen the relationship between ag retailers and their grower customers. The AgVend team is comprised of individuals with backgrounds in agriculture, digital marketing, and omnichannel retail, and operates from dual locations in Minnesota and California.
Precision AI raises $20 million to reduce chemical footprint of agriculture
Precision AI announced the closing of $20 million in equity and grant funding to support its drone technology to reduce herbicide use in row crop agriculture
Precision AI's drone-based computer vision technology enables surgically precise application of herbicide to individual weeds in row crop farming. By spraying only weeds and avoiding the crop, yields can be maintained at a fraction of the chemical cost. Ultimately, the company's vision is to deploy hives of intelligent drones that will automate the crop protection process throughout the entire growing season, optimizing every square inch of farmland on a per-plant basis.
Drone use and adoption across hemispheres
Drones can do a lot when it comes to food production – but has their full potential actually been realised on the farm?
AgTech Startup Inari Nabs New Funding at $1.2 Billion Valuation, by Gillian Tan (source: AFN)
Inari aims to make food production more sustainable, using gene-edited seeds to enhance crop yield while requiring less fertilizer and water. The funding will be used to accelerate development of its existing corn and soybean platform; expand into new crops, such as wheat; and grow in markets outside North and South America, Inari CEO Ponsi Trivisvavet said in an interview.
“We have tested our products in greenhouses and in the field, and look forward to bringing it to the hands of farmers in a couple of years,” she said.
Ploegende boer, Anton Mauve, ca. 1885 - Rijksmuseum
How did we the future yesterday??
See the incredible collection developed by Alain Fraval
Data exchange: Climate FieldView connects with Claas Telematics
Climate FieldView and Claas Telematics can now be connected to enable easy data exchange.
Field robots: Naïo delivers field robot for weed control in sugar beets
Naïo delivered its second prototype, BlueBob, to the seed breeding company Strube D&S GmbH.
Soil management: Tracking nitrate in farm fields
Predicting how nitrate flows from the surface into groundwater can help farmers balance fertilising.
Drip Irrigation: Increasing profits by checking for drip irrigation issues
Ceres Imaging study quantifies the extent and impact of drip irrigation issues in agriculture.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Carting the log, Anton Mauve
Hone Lab: chemical testing and analysis for agronomists.
Hone makes it easy to test the chemical properties of soil, crops and grain samples in real time.
- Test your soil: Test moisture, pH, CEC and many others before you sow
- Test your leaf: Check nitrogen status as your crop grows
- Test your produce: Monitor your commodity to optimise harvest and storage decisions
Origins of Innovations: Identifying Future Demand in Digital Farming
A process for identifying needs in digital farming is explored by contributing writer Michael Collins.
Innovations in digital farming come from nascent, and identified, needs. The processes by which needs are identified can be numerous, but, even more important, is that the validation of this need can be formalized. The processes used to validate need can serve to assist in the structuring of the need, the contextualization of the need, and the diffusion of the need. These aspects of the need will serve as a part of formal processes that intrinsically validate the need and simultaneously identify competitive solutions. These processes are important to the successful and economic launch, deployment, and exploitation of the developed solution: the innovation.
A Discovery of Process in Digital Farming: The Operational View
The repeatability of the operational model is replicated millions of times a year in digital farming and precision agriculture.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Harvesting in Glaisdale by John Atkinson
CLAAS TELEMATICS, Climate FieldView Offer Easy Data Management to Help Simplify Farming Operations
Climate FieldView can now be connected through the CLAAS API to enable easy data exchange for field-specific and site-specific documentation.
Climate FieldView, the flagship product of The Climate Corporation (Bayer’s digital farming arm), and CLAAS TELEMATICS can now be connected through the CLAAS API (application programming interface) to enable easy data exchange for field-specific and site-specific documentation.
Reliable data flows are essential for precision farming. Successful fertilizer, crop protection and planting and sowing strategies depend upon access to accurate information about the previous years’ yields and site-specific yield differences. To ensure this vital information is provided seamlessly, and at farmers’ discretion, the FieldView platform and the CLAAS TELEMATICS portal can now be connected through the CLAAS API — offering access to new data science capabilities and ensuring seamless transfer of harvest information and insights from CLAAS TELEMATICS to FieldView.
Grower Focus Starting to Sharpen on Precision Pruning of Apples
When Applied Fruit Crop Physiologist Robinson speaks of precision pruning, he does so with passion.
Precision AI Raises $20 Million to Reduce Chemical Footprint of Agriculture
The funding will support the advancement of a precision farming platform that deploys swarms of AI drones to reduce herbicide use.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Tietorul de lemne de Ludovic Bassarab (1866 – 1933) (Le bucheron, Roumanie)
Bee Careful: Walmart is Telling Farmers How to Farm
Walmart announced that its fresh produce suppliers are going to face some new requirements aimed at protecting bee populations. The mega-retailer invoked images of a world without orange juice, strawberry salads, and apple pie in a press release detailing the coming changes. It stresses that all of us will have to pitch in so we don’t see a world without bees.
Walmart is making two big asks from its producers. First, it’s encouraging fresh produce suppliers to “protect, restore, or establish pollinator habitats by 2025 on at least 3% of land they own. . .and report annual progress.” It’s also requiring its producers to develop an Integrated Pest Management system certified by a third-party. And they’re encouraging suppliers to phase out certain neonictinoids pesticides.
The whole thing has me rolling my eyes. There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to protect pollinators. In fact, bees are a big deal to farmers; without them many of our crops wouldn’t grow. Like everyone else, we also like to eat those crops, which are important for a well-balanced diet. So a world without bees would be catastrophic for everyone, including those in agriculture.
Listen, I’m all about environmental stewardship. Society has long ignored just how important bees are to our modern way of life. I’m glad people are paying attention. And there’s certainly things we can all do to support good pollinator health, like using flowering plants in our landscaping. What I have a problem with is Walmart placing the blame on farmers without any evidence that this new initiative is anything but fruitless. Meanwhile, there’s probably plenty of things Walmart itself could do to be kinder to the Earth.
This goes back to a larger point I’ve always tried to make. If you’re concerned about bees, climate change, clean water, or clean air, farmers are the solution not the culprit.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Harman Yerinde, by Nicolae Grigorescu (1838 - 1907)
When Telemedicine Works, and When It Doesn’t
Doctors and patients discuss how virtual medicine can best be used, such as for preventive care and for understanding blood test results, and how it can be misused.
Sánchez y Macron legalizan en Montauban la doble nacionalidad hispano-francesa
Los presidentes español y francés homenajean a Azaña ante su tumba como símbolo del lazo histórico íntimo entre ambos países.
China’s population growing at slowest rate in generations
Census data reveals demographic timebomb, adding pressure on Beijing to boost incentives for couples to have more children.
China has reported the slowest population growth since the early 1960s, despite scrapping its one-child policy in 2015 to encourage more births and stave off a looming demographic crisis.
See The Guardian
Ten million reasons to vaccinate the world
Our model reveals the true course of the pandemic. Here is what to do next.
This week we are publishing our estimate of the true death toll from covid-19. Using known data on 121 variables, from recorded deaths to demography, we have built a pattern of correlations that lets us fill in gaps where numbers are lacking. Our central estimate is that 10m people have died who would otherwise be living—more than three times the recorded number. Official figures suggest that the pandemic has struck in waves, and that the rich countries have been hit hard, while much of the developing world has seemed to get off lightly. But the overwhelming majority of the 6.7m or so deaths that nobody has counted have been in poor and middle-income countries. The virus has spread remorselessly from rich countries to poorer ones—and it is still doing so. Our findings contain an urgent warning. Unless vaccines go global, the tragic scenes now unfolding in India risk being repeated elsewhere. Millions more will die.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Oxcart by Nicolae Grigorescu (1838 - 1907)
China’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Exceeded the Developed World for the First Time in 2019
Each year Rhodium Group provides the most up-to-date global and country-level greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions estimates through the ClimateDeck (a partnership with Breakthrough Energy). In addition to our preliminary US and China GHG estimates for 2020, Rhodium provides annual estimates of economy-wide emissions—including all six Kyoto gases—for over 190 countries from 1990-2019. Using our newly updated global emissions data through 2019, we estimate that in 2019, for the first time since national greenhouse gas emissions have been measured, China’s annual emissions exceeded those of all developed countries combined. China’s emissions were less than a quarter of developed country emissions in 1990, but over the past three decades have more than tripled, reaching over 14 gigatons of CO2-equivalent in 2019.
China’s emissions exceeded emissions from developed countries
Cumulative CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production, 1750-2019
The sports Jewish joke
A yeshiva decides to start a crew team.
But no matter how much they practice, they lose every single race.
Eventually they decide to send one boy down to the nearby prep school as a spy, to watch their winning crew team and find out what their secret is.
After a day of reconnaissance, the boy comes back.
“Listen!” he tells his teammates.
“I learned how they do it — they have eight guys rowing, and only one guy screaming!”
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Girl Crying, by Nicolae Tonitza (1886 – 1940, Romanian)
What are the safest and cleanest sources of energy? by Hannah Ritchie (see the fantastic web site Our Worl In Data)
All energy sources have negative effects. But they differ enormously in size: as we will see, in all three aspects, fossil fuels are the dirtiest and most dangerous, while nuclear and modern renewable energy sources are vastly safer and cleaner.
From the perspective of both human health and climate change, it matters less whether we transition to nuclear power or renewable energy, and more that we stop relying on fossil fuels.
- Nuclear energy and renewables are far, far safer than fossil fuels
- Putting death rates from different energy sources in perspective
- Contrary to popular belief, nuclear power has saved lives by displacing fossil fuels
- Modern renewables and nuclear energy are not only safer but also cleaner than fossil fuels
World population from 10,000 BC to today (see the fantastic web site Our Worl In Data)
How has the world population growth rate changed? (see the fantastic web site Our Worl In Data)
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