Efita Newsletter 954, dated October 12, 2020

Efita Newsletter 954, dated October 12, 2020
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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 12 October, 2020

EFITA newsletter / 954 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Good old days (?????): Digger by Vincent van Gogh (1882)


Measuring soil compaction at planting

Compaction damage at seeding is costing you, but is it enough to warrant investing in new equipment? To find out, AGCO research effectiveness, and potential return-on-investment, of compaction-prevention tech.
See futurefarming.com

Multi Farming Systems: Autonomous future for Multiplanter

Australian Multi Farming Systems has plans for a 92 metre Multiplanter and an autonomous version.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Man Digging in the Orchard by Van Gogh, The Hague, July 1883



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Machine Vision for Agriculture Solutions

This is today’s agriculture: Tractors drive autonomously and the cultivation of fields can be carried out precisely and plant-specifically. Drones record the condition of the soil and crops from the air. Robots assist in milking, feeding, and monitoring animals. MVTec software makes this possible.
See mvtec.com

Robots: Autonomous robot built specially for a perfect seed bed

A group of Dutch arable farmers are having a field robot built for shallow soil tillage operations.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Le berger et le troupeau par Shkurko Anatoly Nikiforovich , 1954


Tech adoption: How can small farmers adopt new technology?

Investing in new equipment can seem like an insurmountable hurdle for smaller-scale producers.
See futurefarming.com

Precision seeding: Precision seeding for higher yields and less weeds

Higher yields and fewer weeds are possible if crops are sown in more uniform spatial patterns.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Aube par Jules Breton


Autonomous tractors: Autonomous planting comes to the American Midwest

Illinois-based company Sabanto pursues efficiency with smaller-scale approach to equipment.
See futurefarming.com

US warns food costs may double with EU's farm-to-fork push, Bloomberg, by Mike Dorning

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue warned that the European Union’s “Farm to Fork” environmental initiative will stoke trade tensions as European producers face higher costs and seek protectionist measures.
Perdue said in a conference call Tuesday with European and U.S. reporters that world food prices would double if the initiative were followed globally. He said that the estimate was based on conclusions from U.S. Department of Agriculture economists he spoke to.
See bloomberg.com

Syngenta acquires biologicals company Valagro, AFN, by Jack Ellis
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Cider apples by Henry Herbert La Thangue, circa 1899


SwarmFarm raises $3.2m to grow its open platform for ag robotics, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Australia’s SwarmFarm Robotics has raised A$4.5 million ($3.22 million) in a funding round led by local VCs Tenacious Ventures and Artesian. The Queensland Business Development Fund also supported the round.

The startup was founded in 2012 by farmer couple Andrew and Jocie Bate, who also run a dryland crop and beef cattle operation in the remote settlement of Gindie, Queensland.


See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Tondre des moutons par Jean-François Millet (1857)


How Cambodia can revive agriculture with big data, in ASEAN Today, by Grace Lim

Will there be a drought in the coming weeks? Will rice fetch higher prices next month? Farmers will soon be able to leverage Big Data for its predictive insights to facilitate real-time decisions and drive agricultural sector growth in Cambodia.
See aseantoday.com

CEA startup AppHarvest to go public, expects $475m funding at $1bn valuation, AFN, by Lauren Stine

US controlled environment agriculture (CEA) startup AppHarvest has announced a merger with NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Novus Capital, enabling it to go public.

The deal is slated to bring in $475 million in gross proceeds for Kentucky-based AppHarvest, including a private investment in public equity (PIPE) transaction worth $375 million from existing and new investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Inclusive Capital, and Novus. This commitment, at $10 per share, values the company at $1 billion.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Dans la vigne par Jean-François Millet


Building a Movement from the Ground Up 2019 Environmental, Social, and Governance Report

Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they’re ripe and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%
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Neglected Crops Could Be The Global Solution For Food Insecurity, by Daphne Ewing-Chow

Globally, an over-reliance on a few staple crops, namely maize, wheat and rice, has resulted in limited dietary diversity— a leading cause of persistent malnutrition. These few foods represent more than half of the world’s calorie intake and have typically played a central role in the fight against food security, but to no avail— hunger, inequality and non-communicable diseases continue to rise. Perhaps it is time to try something new.
See forbes.com

Good old days (?????): Travailleurs dans un champ de betteraves (1874-76) par Max Liebermann


Can loans tied to soil health save agriculture? A new $250m fund wants to find out, Forbes, by Chloe Sorvino

America’s soil health is in dire straits and a new investment fund, rePlant Capital, has been formed to help clove the crisis with capitalism by tying interest rates for farm loans to improvements in soil’s carbon and water storage as a way to save farmers from the disastrous impacts of climate change.

A third of the country’s topsoil has eroded in the past 50 years, part of a warning from the United Nations in 2015 that predicts soil degradation will be one of the central threats to human health in the coming decades. Farmers are seeking to regenerate soil after decades of misuse from chemical fertilizers and herbicides, but transitioning to less harsh farming practices is costly, and nature cannot solve the problem according to human timeline, requiring 500 years or more to create an inch of fresh topsoil under natural conditions.
See forbes.com

Good old days (?????): A little child by Sir Georges Clausen


Targeted RNA crop protection – the next frontier in biopesticides, AFN, by guest contributor: Joe Hanson

From sustainable food production to public health crises, RNA technology offers a new way to develop solutions that work with nature, not against it. Next-generation RNA-based products can be used to naturally and safely solve agricultural and healthcare problems, with the potential to impact an even broader range of industries in time.
See agfundernews.com

The place of Europe in the new plant breeding landscape: evolution of field trials, by Agnès Ricroch
See europeanscientist.com

Russia is spreading lies about Covid vaccines, says UK military chief

Head of armed forces says both China and Russia trying to undermine cohesion in west.
Russia is seeking to destabilise countries around the world by sowing disinformation about coronavirus vaccines that is shared rapidly across social media, the head of the armed forces has warned.

Gen Sir Nick Carter, the chief of defence staff, said the propaganda tactic reflected a strategy of “political warfare” aggressively undertaken by Beijing as well as Moscow “designed to undermine cohesion” across the west.
In July, a fake press release was posted to websites of the pro-Russian self-declared state in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. It falsely claimed that the US had conducted vaccine trials on Ukrainian volunteers, some of whom had died.

The trials never happened but the misleading narrative spread in several languages, including on a prominent Australian anti-vaccination Facebook group, despite multiple attempts to fact-check and debunk it.

Carter said it was an example of “digital authoritarianism” alongside well-known Kremlin cyber and hacking attacks, in a rare policy speech delivered with the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, sitting alongside him.

A similar approach was adopted by China, he added, where “the Chinese Communist party is forging a future of mass surveillance” and ranking and monitoring of individuals based on how they behave online.

The speech comes in the run-up to a five-year integrated review of defence and foreign policy that is expected to see the UK seek to invest more heavily in cyber and covert capabilities, reflecting a belief that Britain is already engaged in a persistent low-level conflict with authoritarian rivals.
See theguardian.com


Her side of the family

A child asked his father, "How were people born?"

So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on."

The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now."

The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!"

His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family."

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