Efita Newsletter 941, dated July 20, 2020

Efita Newsletter 941, dated July 20, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 941 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Good old days (?????): Le retour des champs par julien Dupré (1851-1910)


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World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN forecasts, study suggests (one more time the Greens seem to be (slightly?) wrong – GW)

Changes in population structure due to improving equality and ageing societies will pose policy dilemmas

>>> Map of the year that the net reproduction rate falls below the replacement level

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Farmers' markets go hi-tech: how online sales are saving Indian farmers

Facing the prospect of rotting crops and ruined livelihoods, Indian farmers have embraced virtual marketplaces to sell produce.
See theguardian.com/

Good old days (?????): Le retour des champs par Julien Dupré (1851-1910)


DLG podcast agriculture: mechanical crop protection

'DLG podcast agriculture' is the podcast for practical farming. Presenter Dr Klaus Erdle will be discussing solutions to the current challenges together with experts. Episode 2 will be focussing on: mechanical crop protection – how do farmers do it?
See dlg.org (in German)

DLG-Feldtage – digital expert discussion

On 16 June, as part of DLG-Feldtage digital, 16 experts discussed the latest developments from the fields of crop protection, soil cultivation and leguminous crops as well as the potentials of robot systems in crop production. Around 1,500 persons registered for the live sessions. The events were streamed via Facebook in parallel.

All of those who were unable to take part or would like to take another look at the expert discussions can find the recordings.

Our nine digital theme routes with around 100 exhibitor videos are also providing information about other current trends and offers there.
See DLG-Feldtage.de

DLG-Feldtage digital: Field robots meet farmers’ mechanical weeding needs

As farmers around the world face challenges in the use of herbicides in crop production, autonomous robots, capable of mechanical weeding on the field, offer farmers an attractive alternative. At the online robot event, international experts in field robots from academia, research and industry discussed what is practically possible for farmers today.
See dlg-feldtage.de

Robots in mechanical weeding - DLG-Feldtage live

For years, the subject of mechanical weeding has increasingly been in the spotlight as a true alternative to herbicide application. Such systems have become more sophisticated and “smart” as sensors, cameras and steering systems have been introduced to both improve weeding efficiency and to ease the work of employees.
Following the actual course of automation, robotics is the next step of crop management. Already, autonomous machines navigate through fields, planting and weeding crops. Naturally, new robotic systems do have its limitations but progress is rapidly speeding up.
Which robotic systems are closest to practical application? What are the biggest obstacles hindering the broad adoption of such tools in crop production?

This webinar on robotic systems aim go into these questions. Together with tech companies, engineers, and practitioners, we aim to explore the latest developments of robotics in agriculture. Join the webinar and contribute to the discussion with questions we shall address during the live event.
See dlg-feldtage.de

Good old days (?????): Le Chariot par Julien Dupré (1851-1910)


EU farmers: Unlock potential of agricultural drones or risk falling behind, by Natasha Foote

Agriculture stakeholders are calling on the European Commission to update the sustainable use of pesticides directive (SUD) and allow the use of drones for aerial spraying of pesticides.
See euractiv.com

EU still reflects over agri-innovation as UK mulls moves forward, by Gerardo Fortuna, Natasha Foote and Sarantis Michalopoulos

While the EU considers the potential role of new innovative techniques to protect harvests from pests and diseases, on the other side of the Channel, the UK is getting ready to open the door to new gene-editing technologies post-Brexit.
See euractiv.com

Agtech helps sugarcane grower face COVID-19 crisis

Where a lot of Brazilian sugar cane growers are struggling, others manage to keep their business profitable with the help of basic precision farming technologies. One of these growers is Eduardo Luis Botaro, owner of Fazenda Diamante, which has been improving its business structure since 2017.
See futurefarming.com

Drones: Drone swarm takes off in USA

The FAA has authorised Rantizo to use one pilot and a visual observer to take charge of up to three drones.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Blanchisseuses à Vichy (1895) par Alexey Stepanov


Sensors: A Smart Fruit that tells you how it is treated

The SmAvo uses a smart sensor platform to quantify the damage of avocadoes from the orchard to the packhouse.
See futurefarming.com

Robots: Robotics Plus beta tests Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The UGV’s can replace a heavy tractor vehicle with a human operator with a smaller, unmanned machine.
See futurefarming.com

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Terminals: Ag Leader enhances TerraStar-X and InCommand

A number of new features and upgrades have been introduced by Ag Leader Technologies.
See futurefarming.com

Machinery: New step in harvesting capacity combines

John Deere released in-depth details its all new X9 combine harvester series.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Aube du soir par Alexey Stepanov


Future Farming Digital Magazine
This edition focuses on smart irrigation solutions. We also look at the latest developments in field robots and drones. And what will the tractor cabin of the future look like? Plus much, much more!
Check it out!

Meet the 12 startups joining Singapore Food Bowl, GROW’s local food resilience accelerator

GROW, the Southeast Asian agrifood tech accelerator backed by AgFunder, today introduces the 12 startups from across Asia Pacific that will join Singapore Food Bowl – its unique program aimed at building a more resilient, sustainable, and decentralized agrifood ecosystem in the wake of Covid-19.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Danse ronde par Alexey Stepanov


New Bayer-engineered seed is resistant to five different types of pesticide

As Big Ag companies continue to play wack-a-mole with herbicide-resistant weeds, experts are divided on the future of weed control.
See thecounter.org

A new way to assess ‘global warming potential’ of short-lived pollutants

Consider a power station and a herd of cows. A power station emits CO2 by burning fossil fuels. This CO2 is taxed. When it shuts down permanently, it emits no more CO2, so is no longer taxed. However, the CO2 already emitted continues to affect the climate for hundreds, or potentially, thousands of years. So even after closing down, that power station still contributes to holding up global temperatures because of the CO2 that remains in the atmosphere.

Now to the cows. A herd of cows emits methane, so the farmer is taxed for those emissions. If the herd remains the same size with the same methane emissions every year, it will maintain the same amount of additional methane in the atmosphere year on year. In terms of its contribution to warming, this is equivalent to the closed power station.
See carbonbrief.org


Electric Vehicles in Agriculture: Now is the Time

Cars electrify, now farm vehicles. The new 215-page IDTechEx report, "Electric Vehicles and Robotics in Agriculture 2020-2030" explains. This is a drill-down from the popular report, "Electric Vehicles in Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2020-2030". Even in the most advanced countries, few farms can provide the power to fast-charge a Tesla or an electric tractor, let alone large farm vehicles. All the same, many agricultural vehicle makers are going electric because the charging capability, affordability and other factors are rapidly falling into place just as they are for road vehicles.
See idtechex.com
See Kubota X Tractor

World’s first autonomous farm robot fleet ready for 2022

The world’s first fleet of autonomous robots set to scan plants, kill weeds and drill crops is set to become commercially available for UK farmers in just two years.

The Small Robot Company, based in Salisbury, is developing three autonomous farmbots (named Tom, Dick and Harry), which will map weeds, enabling targeted follow-up treatments in crops.
See fwi.co.uk

Good old days (?????): Le semeur de Vincent Van Gogh (1888)


Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon: He — and his party — are much, much worse. By Paul Krugman

A little trip-up

When Billy saw Paddy with one of his shoelaces undone, he said, "Watch you don't trip up over your laces, Paddy."

Paddy said, "Yeah, it's these bloody instructions."

Billy said, "What instructions, Paddy?"

Paddy replies, "Underneath the shoe, it says 'Taiwan'."

Good old days (?????): Deux paysans bêchant par V. van Gogh d'après JF Millet


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