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