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EFITA newsletter / 950 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Robotics & Drones
At Wageningen University & Research, more than 60 engineers and researchers work together with industrial partners on new robotic systems for agri and food. They use their knowledge of innovative research and translate it to practical solutions.
Precision agriculture - Smart Farming
Precision agriculture or Smart Farming means that plants (or animals) get precisely the treatment they need, determined with great accuracy thanks to the latest technology. A range of forms of technology are used to this end, including GPS, sensor technology, ICT and robotics. Technology can assist in strategic decision-making at farm level as well as with operational actions at plant level. This allows production to be optimised and means we can work on more sustainable crops. The big difference with classical agriculture is that rather than determining the necessary action for each individual field, precision agriculture allows actions to be determined per square metre or even per plant.
Good old days (?????): Bucheron préparant des fagots par JF Millet
Automated pest control startup TrapView nets $4.4m from impact investors, Japan’s Kubota Breaking!, AFN, by Richard Martyn-Hemphill
Trapview, a pest insect monitoring and forecasting platform first developed by Slovenian company Efos, has just raised €3.7 million ($4.38 million) in ‘Series A2’ funding.
The round saw investments from two European impact investors: Italy’s Ottre Ventures, alongside a Dutch syndicate called Put Your Money Where Your Meaning Is Community – or Pymwymic, for short. Kubota Corporation, a Japanese agri-manufacturing giant that had already formed in strategic partnership with Trapview, also invested.
TRAPVIEW: Monitor pests efficiently. Improve your business significantly
TRAPVIEW is an automated pest monitoring system that monitors all kinds of insects, which can be lured into insect traps. It works on all continents in any area covered by the GPRS or 3G network.
TRAPVIEW system consists of three fully integrated, automated and easy to use tools.
TRAPVIEW provides near real-time indications of pest occurrences. The enhanced monitoring accuracy and powerful analytical application will significantly increase the quality and viability of your decision making.
CropX acquires New Zealand precision effluent and smart irrigation decision startup Breaking!, AFN, by Lauren Stine
Israeli soil sensing and data analytics startup CropX has acquired New Zealand-based Regen, a cloud-based, precision effluent and irrigation decision support tool company.
The acquisition marks CropX’s foray into the New Zealand market. It has longstanding ties to the region through its original funders, a group of angel investors in the New Zealand ag community, and additional investor Finistere Ventures. Firm co-founder Arama Kukutai hails from New Zealand and maintains ties to the region that helped CropX seal the deal.
Color and quality control in fresh produce: Traditional solutions vs AI, AFN, by guest contributor: Devendra Chandani
Fresh fruits and vegetables are a critical ingredient for food companies that make anything from juices and smoothies through to sauces, pastes, and pulps.
The characteristics of fresh produce differ by variety and season, unlike with many other raw materials. This variability creates challenges in the manufacturing process, and in delivering the quality customers expect in finished products.
Australian growers halt worsening of soil compaction with CTF
Growers in Australia have basically halted the worsening of soil compaction with Controlled Traffic Farming, says Dr Rohan Rainbow, Managing Director of Crop Protection Australia. “It’s the dominant best practice farming system in this country.”
Counting the cost of soil compaction
The cost of compaction also needs to count the significant yield loss it often causes.
Project to demonstrate benefits of soil amelioration
Large amount of variability in grain yield response to soil amelioration treatments shown.
Good old days (?????): Paysan rentrant du fumier par JF Millet
AGCO demonstrates soil compaction and yield impact
Penetrometer readings show how tractor and planter tires compact the soil.
Less soil compaction with AgroPressure by Michelin
AgroPressure by Michelin is designed to get the most out of the tires and the tractor, while at the same time protecting the soil.
Good old days (?????): Threshing The Gleanings by Ralph Hedley (1848 – 1913, English)
Precision ag to fight soil compaction in Brazil
The demand for soil sampling and compaction measurement is growing fast in the Central-West of Brazil.
What satellite data can tell us about war’s impact on farming, AFN, by Richard Martyn-Hemphill
When Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in early 2014, it marked the start of a harsh conflict that has beat on ever since. Initially, fighting was active and fierce, before freezing over into a tense and unresolved stalemate, albeit one with an intermittent staccato of military engagement…
The gas industry’s survival plan: make fuel from cow poop, Bloomberg, by Naureen Malik
But by diverting cow poop into biodigesters in the process of making renewable natural gas (RNG), gas companies argue, the effect is a net climate win. Virginia-based utility giant Dominion Energy Inc. claims that supplying only 4% of its customers with biogas would be enough to offset the emission from its entire gas system.
Good old days (?????): The Return from the Fields, by George Clausen - 1896
Europe, China battle for global supremacy on electrolyser manufacturing, by Davine Janssen
While China currently produces the cheapest electrolysers in the world, Europe leads on innovative technologies which are better suited to produce green hydrogen seen by many as a silver bullet to decarbonise the energy system.
Good old days (?????): Peasant women with brushwood, by Jean-François Millet
Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions (NYT, July 16, 2020)????????
In my opinion, it is folly to think that you will recruit excellent musicians by favoring some over others. On the contrary, we must make the necessary efforts to identify young people "with high potential" and of course train them. No need for reverse segregation that will only generate failures and frustrations.
A call from beyond the grave
Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died.
He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney. “Did you see the paper?” asked Gallagher, “They say I died!!”
“Yes, I saw it!” replied Finney, “Where are ye callin’ from?”
Good old days (?????): The Butter Churn by Ralph Hedley (1848 – 1913, English)
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