Efita Newsletter 950, dated September 14, 2020

Efita Newsletter 950, dated September 14, 2020
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The Wood Gatherer Painting (a message I got from Florida: thank you John!)

The Wood Gatherer painting this week has an agricultural technology background. It was donated to the Milwaukee Art Museum by the Allis family. The Allis-Chalmers company was a major national tractor and farm machinery manufacturer before it went bankrupt in the 1980's.

Even though we were on a small rural dairy farm seventy kilometers from the museum, my mother took us multiple times to see the museum and was one of her top favorites.

The art museum is notable not only for its collections, but also for its buildings being designed by Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava.

Thanks for bringing back good memories.



Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
Chair Editor-in-Chief, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers
Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Fellow, International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Honorary Vice-President, International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Founder Member, European Society of Agricultural Engineers
Management Committee, Club of Bologna
Life Member, Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers
Senior and Life Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Life Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Senior Member and Gainesville Section Secretary, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Member, American Society for Engineering Education

Good old days (?????): Hannekemaaiers in Rijssen (NL)


Farm robots given Covid-19 boost, The Financial Times, by Emiko Terazono

Backers of farm robotics and automation believe that the current rise in interest marks the start of a fundamental change in the agricultural sector.

“We're at the start of a revolution,” said Alastair Cooper at agri and food tech VC ADM Capital, which is an investor in Saga.

“Over the next decade or two, farming will be transformed by robotics and automation. Everything from harvesting, spraying, irrigation, collecting data, and processing, [is set to change]," he added.
See ft.com

Good old days (?????): La Petite Glaneuse par Hugo Salmson-Den, Stockholm, Nationalmuseum


How did we the future yesterday??

See the incredible collection developed by Alain Fraval

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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.
See wur.nl

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.
See wur.nl

Good old days (?????): Bucheron préparant des fagots par JF Millet


AGROS programme launched: businesses work with WUR to optimise agroecology with technology (May 26, 2020)

Society has become more critical of the greenhouse horticulture, arable farming and dairy industries and demands change, but the current farming systems can only meet this demand to a limited extent. The way forward will involve a transition to a healthier and more resilient agricultural and horticultural system. In the new AGROS programme, we are investigating how technology can help with this transition.
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Agriculture of the future

Experts at Wageningen University & Research are working on a unique, integrated system approach to future-resistant and regenerative agricultural systems and nature-inclusive agriculture. In so doing, agroecology is the starting point and natural persons are seen as key to achieving a profitable production, for example by recycling natural resources, biodiversity and preservation of a healthy soil.
See wur.nl

Good old days (?????): Berger des Pyrénées, par Rosa Bonheur, musée Condé, château de Chantilly, France


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.
See agfundernews.com

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.
See trapview.com

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.
See agfundernews.com

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.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): La baratteuse par JF Millet


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.”
See futrefarming.com

Counting the cost of soil compaction
The cost of compaction also needs to count the significant yield loss it often causes.
See futrefarming.com

Project to demonstrate benefits of soil amelioration

Large amount of variability in grain yield response to soil amelioration treatments shown.
See futrefarming.com

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.
See futrefarming.com

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.
See futrefarming.com

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.
See futrefarming.com

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…
See agfundernews.com

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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.
See bloomberg.com

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.
See euractiv.com

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.


Portland Passes Groundbreaking Ban on Facial Recognition in Stores, Banks, Restaurants and More

Historic legislation makes Portland a leader in a nationwide trend to regulate facial recognition technology.
See medium.com

Good old days (?????): Mowing Bracken, by Henry Herbert La Thangue


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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