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Aardappeloogst, van Edzard Willem Koning (1869-1954)
Meteorological and Ecological Monitoring Platform Uses Enterprise Analytics
The Hebei Provincial Meteorological Bureau (HPMB) developed a remote sensing service platform that is accessible from their website. The platform combines advanced enterprise ENVI image analytics in a friendly user interface, which provides an intuitive experience for Hebei citizens to access weather and ecological information.
Unlocking New Possibilities With Landsat 9
Landsat 9 was launched in September 2021, and on October 31 the satellite acquired a set of images known as "first light". These images serve as a preview of how the Landsat mission will improve on the programs near 50-year history of Earth satellite imagery that continues to help people prepare for and respond to natural disasters such as landslides and wildfires, manage vital natural resources and understand the impacts of climate change.
Performing Flood Mapping After Cyclone Yaas Using ENVI® SARscape®
In May 2021, Cyclone Yaas hit the east coast of India with wind gusts up to 140 kilometers per hour (87 mph). It strengthened to the equivalent of a Category 1 Atlantic hurricane on May 23 and made landfall at Baleshwar on May 25 at peak intensity. The storm produced damaging storm surges, which caused flooding and left tens of thousands of people homeless.
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data is particularly useful during weather emergencies like cyclones and hurricanes because it can see through cloud cover that often hampers other sensors' abilities to capture the situation on the ground. After SAR data is captured, it must be processed and analyzed.
Read how the flood analysis from Cyclone Yaas was performed using Sentinel-1 data and ENVI SARscape by our exclusive Indian distributor, Esri India.
Aardappeloogst, van Edzard Willem Koning (1869-1954)
infographic - Defining Good-Quality Jobs (December 2021, Bloomberg
> High fertiliser prices, more precision
High fertiliser prices are a very serious issue right now for farmers in both the developed and developing world. This lends urgency for the development of new technology and products that provide more precise application.
> Nano-fertiliser to cut nutrient waste
> Turning methane into a valuable crop input
> Detecting crop nitrogen with hyperspectral sensors on planes
> Samson to test slurry analysis technology this year
> Nitrogen diminishes soil organic carbon in corn production
> Returning nitrogen to soils without using chemicals
> The autonomous John Deere from a farmer’s perspective: Part I
What do farmers think of the autonomous John Deere? What impact will it have on their farm? Future Farming asks farmers around the world. This week, Saskatchewan farmer Kenton Possberg.
> Autonomous tractors: What autonomous tractors are for sale in 2022? Tell us!
Autonomous tractors are on the breach of moving to working on fields across the world. How many makes and models are commercially available?
> Field robots: video, Robotti suitable as labor replacement
Robotti acts as a labor replacement by sowing fertilizer, an advantage for the farmer.
> nMETOS: The revolution of the connected fields
The two keystones of nMETOS are sustainability and the real needs of the farmer. The farms require a highly reliable sensor set, precise data reachable within seconds, long-range communications, and an extended battery lifetime. We managed to combine all in one weather station – nMETOS.
> Methane tractors: New Holland T6.180 methane tractor soon to be available
It has taken a while, but right now New Holland is producing its first T6.180 methane tractors.
> Data: Vervaet machinery standard equipped with Vervaet Connect
Sensors collect data on machine performance and operation, which are automatically transmitted and presented in real-time.
> Autonomous tractors
John Deere says there is great interest in its new autonomous tractor, especially in regions with large-scale agriculture.
> Autonomy: Your autonomous retrofit kit in our buying guide?
Future Farming is calling out to manufacturers of technology – kits – to upgrade existing tractors to autonomous tractors.
Aardappeloogst, van Edzard Willem Koning (1869-1954)
Deere Adds Seven Companies to Its 2022 Startup Collaborator Program
The program helps Deere deepen its interaction with startup companies whose technology could add value for Deere customers in the future.
Telstra Deploys Industry-First Ericsson Private 5G for AgriFood Connect
AgriGood Connect aims to elevate the agriculture industry while playing a pivotal role in economic recovery and empowering farmers in the digital transformation age.
Robot Solution Uses Machine Vision, AI for Automating Lettuce Harvest
British research team of agricultural engineering and machinery experts develops harvesting robot with IDS camera.
Landschap met korenschoven, van Edzard Willem Koning (1869-1954)
Climate Tech for Agriculture: Now Is the Time to Plan for Smoke Taint, Extreme Weather and Other Climate Events
Agrology unveils 2021 Smoke Exposure Report and discusses ways growers can begin to plan for climate change issues in 2022.
Arva Intelligence, Augmenta Partner for Accessible Farm-Ready Automation, Environmental Enhancement and Carbon Offset
Clients benefit from practical and efficacious input application, enhanced sustainability, and carbon offset credit accumulation.
Korean ‘smart farm’ startup GreenLabs targets global expansion following $140m mega-round, AFN, by Jack Ellis
Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Seoul, GreenLabs aims to bring technological advances to two broad areas of agricultural operations: production and distribution.
- On the production side, its Farm Morning platform enables growers to integrate different technologies on their farm and manage them remotely from a single mobile app.
- Farmers can use the software to monitor factors like humidity and temperature in real time via sensors. The Farm Morning app also provides growers with information on regional weather conditions, agronomic advice, and current market prices for fresh produce.
- The system’s AI uses the data it collects from these sensors and from the app to automate tasks such as opening and closing greenhouse roofs and doors, or adjusting heating and cooling systems, in response to shifting climatic conditions.
- When it comes to distribution, GreenLabs has established an online ‘farmer-to-business’ marketplace called Sinsun Market. This helps growers to sell their produce to enterprise buyers — including e-grocery sites that sell onwards to end consumers — more efficiently and boost their incomes.
The Week in Agrifoodtech: Swiggy, Deliverect & Calii raise funds for food delivery, AFN, by Jennifer Marston & Jack Ellis
Three of the biggest rounds announced in the last week came from on-demand food delivery startups. India’s Swiggy raised another $700 million, with both the UK’s Deliverect and Mexico’s Calii announcing substantial rounds.
In agtech, Plenty announced the largest round on record for a vertical farming company, scoring $400 million from investors including Walmart; while South Korean ‘smart farm’ startup GreenLabs banked $140 million.
Deux enfants sous un parapluie,van Edzard Willem Koning (1869-1954)
Danone releases new tool to help farmers measure regen (regenerative!) ag’s potential returns, AFN, by Jennifer Marston
Danone North America has launched a new benchmarking tool for farmers to measure and predict the financial impact of regen ag practices on their operations.
Dubbed R3 – for “robust, resilient, reliable” – the digital tool was developed in collaboration with sustainable solutions provider Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC).
SEC provides food companies and their agricultural supply systems with a range of services including sustainability risk assessment, agricultural compliance and engineering, and erosion control.
How it works:
Farmers can use R3, which is a web-based application, to understand the economic impacts of regenerative practices like no-till farming and cover cropping.
Leveraging farm-specific data from SEC’s EcoPractices platform, R3 can forecast potential return on investment for different regen ag methods. This can help farmers decide which practices are best suited to being implemented on their land.
R3 is part of SEC’s Sustainable Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP), which the organization has developed to help its supply chain partners meet short and medium-term sustainability goals.
Danone North America farmers using R3 have so far adopted no-till, cover cropping, and establishing buffer zones between conventional and organic farming as SCIP practices.
In Kenya, Apollo Agriculture is building a pathway to commercial farming, AFN, by John Njiraini
It may sound contrarian, but Benjamin Njenga believes that Africa’s smallholder farmers are among the richest people in society.
“They are the people who own land,” says Njenga, co-founder and chief customer officer at Nairobi and Amsterdam-based Apollo Agriculture. And because of that, he tells AFN, smallholder farmers have both a valuable asset for themselves, and one that is essential to feeding the continent.
But Africa’s smallholder farmers are also low-income earners, which makes them “poor” by most international economic standards. Apollo Agriculture exists to ensure that farmers can unlock the economic value of their land, and in turn, boost their incomes while feeding a growing continent.
Since 2016, Apollo has been equipping farmers in Kenya with appropriate technology, tools and financing to help them transform small-scale farming operations into profitable enterprises, setting smallholder farmers on a path to economic empowerment.
“We support farmers in producing more and thus making more money and transforming their livelihoods,” Njenga tells AFN.
India to offer subsidies of up to 100% to encourage farm drone adoption, AFN, by Jack Ellis
The Indian government has announced that it will subsidize the purchase of agricultural drones by up to 100% for certain organizations in the sector, in order to offer training and encourage adoption of the technology.
It will provide a grant covering 100% of the cost of drones — up to a total cost of ₹1 million ($13,400) — to ag research and education establishments, including the Indian Council of Agricultural Research Institutes, Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institutes, Krishi Vigyan Kendra extension centers, and state agricultural universities.
In addition, government-backed cooperatives called Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) will be able to get a grant towards 75% of the cost of drones for the purpose of conducting displays on their farmer-members’ fields. Custom Hiring Centers which lease equipment to farmers will get up to 50% off the basic cost of drones and attachments.
Brazil remains a farm-tech funding trailer – but agfintech is picking up the pace, AFN, by Jack Ellis
In the past fortnight, AFN has reported two large agtech funding deals out of Brazil: TerraMagna‘s $40 million debt-and-equity round, and Agrolend‘s $21 million Series A raise.
That these deals were announced within days of each other stands out because, until now, eight-figure US dollar venture rounds involving agtech companies have been a rarity in Brazil.
Brazil is one of the world’s largest agrifood producers, and is the leading grower of major commodities like soybean, sugarcane, oranges, and coffee. It is second only to the US in terms of beef production, and is among the top five producers of chicken, eggs, milk, maize, and fuel wood as well.
However, it was the 11th biggest market in terms of venture funding into agritech startups in 2020, according to the most recent edition of AgFunder’s Farm Tech Investment Report – falling way behind peers like China and India, as well as significantly smaller agricultural players such as Israel and the Netherlands.
Brazilian startups developing technologies for farms and farmers raised a combined total of $67 million across 18 discrete deals in 2020...
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Interesting infographic - - Perilously low gas supplies in Europe this winter (January 2022, source: Bloomberg newsletter)
We look at why Africa is so far behind in vaccination rates, by David Leonhardt (December 2021)
The sources of the skepticism are different in the U.S. and in Africa. In much of Africa, they are related to decades of exploitation and poverty. In the U.S., the biggest cause is political polarization: More than 35 percent of Republican voters are unvaccinated, compared with fewer than 10 percent of Democrats.
But both forms of skepticism stem from distrust — of experts, institutions and government leaders. And that distrust has become a major reason that the world is struggling to defeat Covid. The more people remain unvaccinated, the more the Covid virus spreads and the more people die. Less vaccination also increases the chances that dangerous variants will emerge.
Interesting infographic - Less vaccinated, people under 65 pay a heavy price in the USA because Covid-19
Interesting infographic - Vaccine or not vaccine (source New-York Time newsletter)
A Norfolk Landscape with Potato Pickers, by John Alfred Arnesby Brown (1866–1955), National Trust for Scotland, Brodie Castle
USDA PDP Report: Results Help Ensure Consumer Confidence in Produce
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pesticide Data Program (PDP) released its 2020 sampling results. More than 99% of the fruits and vegetables and fruit juices tested for residues were well below rigorous safety standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if residues were present at all.
Among the USDA findings: “This Annual Summary report shows that when pesticide residues are found on foods, they are nearly always at levels below the tolerance (safety level) that is set by the EPA. The PDP provides high-quality, nationally representative pesticide residue data that contribute to the information available to help ensure consumer confidence in the foods they provide to their families.”
For 30 years, the USDA’s PDP has sampled foods to measure residues to ensure their safety. According to USDA, this program represents one of the largest sources of food pesticide residue data available.
Perspective: Activism is plunging global ag into a black hole, by Amanda Zaluckyj, The Farmer’s Daughter USA, January 21, 2022
There are a lot of things I admire about U.S. agriculture. Topping the list is a commitment to innovation, technology, science, and sustainability. It’s the intersection of those four qualities that gives me some hope for the future. Earth faces huge challenges over the next three or four decades, and farmers are poised to lead the solutions.
But as we know, not everyone shares that vision. Most of us are familiar with the names and faces of the activists trying to claw us backwards. And we know the European Union is steeped in anti-scientific sentiment. Unfortunately, some well-funded and organized groups are hoping to export this attitude to Africa.
In fact, there’s a lot of pressure applied to African governments to limit or ban the use of beneficial technologies and pesticides. Well-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — both in the EU and the U.S. — regularly pour millions of dollars into lobbying African nations into adopting policies that reject modern agriculture. They call it “agroecology,” focusing on promoting “culturally sensitive” practices that glorify subsistence farming.
How do key COVID-19 metrics compare to previous waves?
How are confirmed cases translating into hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths now that many have been vaccinated? And how does this compare to the wave in winter 2020–2021 just before vaccination started?
One way to approach these questions is to visualize the main COVID metrics relative to the peak last winter. For the UK, that peak occurred on 9 January 2021, and is indexed to 100% in the chart. Values greater than 100% indicate that levels are higher than last winter’s peak; values less than 100% indicate levels are lower.
We see that while UK case numbers today are much higher than the peak last winter, hospitalizations and deaths have remained lower. This shows the protective effect of vaccination, though several other factors are also likely to contribute to the difference.
In this post we show these comparisons for the UK (including breakdowns for its constituent nations), Germany, Spain, and Israel. We update these charts daily.
Perspective: Activism is plunging global ag into a black hole
While farmers in the U.S. are making gains on sustainability goals thanks to modern agricultural methods, NGOs are hindering other producers.
'Woke' Scientific American Goes Anti-GMO, By Cameron English — December 29, 2021
Scientific American's descent from respected publication to ideological tabloid is nearly complete. The magazine is now promoting anti-GMO activism under the guise of "social justice."
Last week I highlighted four disturbing trends in science journalism that are destroying the public's trust in mainstream academic and public health institutions. It's time to add a fifth bromide to the list: science publications that prize “social justice” activism over evidence-based analysis.
Scientific American may be the worst offender in this respect, publishing groundless opinion pieces such as “Denial of Evolution Is a Form of White Supremacy” and “Modern Mathematics Confronts its White Patriarchal Past.” Biologist Jerry Coyne and science writer Michael Shermer have taken apart both articles in great detail, but Scientific American hasn't stopped there. The magazine's coverage of crop biotechnology has tragically devolved into social justice foolishness as well.
On December 27th, SciAm published a story so ridiculous it could have been written by a Greenpeace activist: “How Biotech Crops Can Crash—and Still Never Fail.”
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Animal rights activists in China pulled off an incredible rescue mission…
… i.e. removing 101 moon bears from a bile extraction facility and transporting them over 1,200 km to a rehab centre. It took years of planning, and involved three convoys of nine trucks each, and a dedicated team of vets and carers who will continue to rehabilitate the bears as they settle into their new home.
Australian-led study finds harvesting knowledge can transform world agriculture, 12 January 2022
Supporting On-Farm Experimentation networks and activities globally to better connect farmers and researchers could help transform the agricultural industry and solve some of its toughest challenges, a international study led by Curtin University in partnership with Murdoch University and CSIRO has found.
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Bayer wins second straight verdict in a Roundup cancer case by Tom Hals - December 9, 2021
(Reuters) - A California jury found that Bayer's Roundup weedkiller was not the cause of a woman's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Bayer said on Thursday, delivering the chemical giant its second trial victory over claims the popular herbicide causes cancer.
>>>> The jury in San Bernardino County found that Donnetta Stephens' cancer was not caused by her exposure between 1985 and 2017 to Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate.
She sued the company for negligence and failing to warn her of the dangers of Roundup.
"Despite everyone's best efforts, it was impossible to try a coherent case via Zoom with our schedule," said Fletch Trammell, Stephens' attorney. "We plan to appeal and look forward to trying the case again in more favorable circumstances."
Trammell noted similar cases typically took weeks to try and the Stephens case took more than four months due to technical problems and long breaks.
Bayer said the verdict was consistent with the evidence. The Stephens case is the fifth over Roundup to go to a trial verdict.
Plaintiffs were awarded tens of millions of dollars in the first three but Bayer got its first favorable trial outcome on Oct. 5, which lifted the company's stock price.
The company said in May it would be more selective in settling cases and had said Stephens settlement demands were unreasonable.
Roundup-related lawsuits have dogged the company since it acquired the top-selling brand as part of its $63 billion purchase of agricultural seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto in 2018.
The company has spent billions of dollars to settle around 96,000 Roundup cases of about 125,000.
Bayer is still pursuing appeals in two of the three verdicts it lost, including one the company hopes will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, where a ruling for Bayer could effectively end the Roundup cases.
(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; editing by Richard Pullin)
UK positions itself as frontrunner in gene editing research, by Natasha Foote
In the hopes of becoming a frontrunner in biotechnology following Brexit, the UK has announced new legislation cutting what it deems as “unnecessary” red tape to encourage gene-editing research.
The rule changes, announced by the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on Thursday (20 January), will make it easier for scientists across England to undertake plant-based research and development using genetic technologies such as genome editing.
Field Working in Spring, by William Darling McKay (1844–1924), National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery
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U.S. soy achieves record export volume
ST. LOUIS (Dec. 2, 2021) — U.S. Soy set a new record for exporting more product in more international markets than ever before, the United Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council and American Soybean Association announced today. During the 20/21 market year, a record 61.65 MMT of whole soybeans shipped to markets across the globe, at a value of over $28B in revenue for the U.S. Soy industry.
The volume boost is the result of strategic efforts to diversify international markets and distribute more U.S. Soy globally. “This record is a result of efforts to enhance access and usage of U.S. Soy across the food, feed and livestock industries and across international markets by the U.S. Soy farmers and industry, our customers, and governments around the world,” said Jim Sutter, CEO of U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). “Setting the new aggregate volume record demonstrates the value of the investment of U.S. Soy farmers to create positive impact for our customers around the world to contribute to improved nutrition and food security, environmental sustainability, and livelihoods globally.”
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Las dificultades de nuestros países europeos que fueron potencias coloniales durante unos últimos siglos
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El museo Rijksmuseum de Ámsterdam recoge en una muestra la lucha y creatividad surgida en el periodo revolucionario de 1945 a 1949.
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Endemia, al fin, para Víctor Briones Dieste, 05 Ene 2022
Superar la pandemia no será volver a un estado prepandémico, sino generar nuevos comportamientos adaptados a necesidades evolutivas, como el virus.
Una mujer supera una de las peores infecciones conocidas gracias a un tratamiento con virus
Científicos y médicos describen cómo salvaron a una ciudadana belga herida en un atentado de una bacteria resistente a todos los antibióticos.
Entrevista a Bruno Pouzet, director general de Limagrain Ibérica
La revista Tierras Agricultura tuvo la oportunidad de entrevistar el pasado mes de noviembre, en el Campus Viriato de Zamora, al CEO de Limagrain en la península ibérica. Bruno Pouzet es el responsable para España y Portugal de la cuarta empresa de semillas más importante del mundo. La decisión estratégica de especializarse en la obtención de variedades y en la producción de semilla, e invertir de forma decidida en I+D, es la clave del éxito de esta cooperativa francesa cuyos propietarios -un total de 1.500 agricultores- reinvierten cada año en investigación el 17% de su cifra de ventas.
Manifestación de ganaderos en Madrid para “protestar por la situación en el mundo rural”
Miles de personas (6.000, según la Delegación del Gobierno y “miles” según los organizadores) piden leyes que salvaguarden al sector.
Paul Preston: “Franco era tímido con las mujeres; Mussolini, un predador agresivo, y Hitler, un abanico de perversiones”
Cuando al historiador nacido en Liverpool le preguntan en el Reino Unido si la guerra civil española y el franquismo dan para tanto, se le ocurre otro libro más. Ha pasado su vida dedicado al siglo XX de un país cuyas heridas sangrantes ha ayudado a clarificar. Ahora, con ‘Arquitectos del terror’, su nuevo ensayo, desmonta y señala a los autores de los bulos y mentiras que llevaron al desastre.
Peeling Potatoes, by Frank Holl (1845–1888), Yale Center for British Art
Getting directions in Ireland
The Irish people are portrayed as being both great and terrible at giving directions, and if this Irish joke is anything to go by, it would be the latter!
Billy stops Paddy in Dublin and asks for the quickest way to Cork.
Paddy says, “Are you on foot or in the car?”
Billy says, “In the car.”
Paddy says, “That’s the quickest way.”
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