Efita Newsletter 956, dated October 26, 2020

Efita Newsletter 956, dated October 26, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 956 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Agricultural Robotics News
See agricultural-robotics.com

How Farmers Can Avoid Robot Bashing and Get Ahead

As automation continues to disrupt the agriculture industry, producers who focus on the positives position themselves to do more.
See agricultural-robotics.com

Good old days (?????): Knitting peasant woman by Francois Pieter ter Meulen



Agricultural Robots, Drones, and AI: 2020-2040: Technologies, Markets, and Players, by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh

The future of farming; ultra-precision farming; autonomous farming; artificial intelligence; machine vision; mobile robots; autonomous tractors.

The developments in agricultural robotics, machine vision, and AI will drive a deep and far-reaching transformation of the way farming is carried out. Yes, today the fleet sizes and the total area covered by new robots are still vanishingly small compared to the global agricultural industry. Yet, this should not lull the players into a false sense of security because the ground is slowly but surely shifting. Robotics and AI are enabling a revolution in affordable ultraprecision, which will eventually upend familiar norms in agrochemical supply, in agricultural machine design, and in farming practices.
This development frontier has the wind in its sails, pushed by rapidly advancing and sustainable hardware and software technology trends, and pulled by structural and growing challenges and needs. In our assessment, these technology developments can no longer be dismissed as gimmicks or too futuristic. They are here to stay and will only grow in significance. Indeed, all players in the agricultural value chain will need to develop a strategy today to benefit from, or at least to safeguard against, this transformative trend.

This report provides the following:
1. Application assessment and market forecasts
2. Technology assessment and roadmap
3. Company profiles analysis
4. Agricultural robots: a cost-effective ultraprecision revolution?
5. Intelligent robotic implements: the inevitable next generation of agricultural tools
6. Autonomous tractors and high-power vehicles: fewer but more autonomous systems will be the future?
7. Robotic fresh fruit picking: is it technically and commercially viable?
8. Drones
9. Dairy farming

See IDTechEx Research, “Agricultural Robots, Drones, and AI: 2020-2040: Technologies, Markets, and Players”.

Good old days (?????): Poêles et roulottes en Camargue par Yvonne Jean-Halphen, 1932, musée de Dinan


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Down on the Farm banner: Precision Sprayer Benefits Growers and the Environment

A team of ARS scientists, along with several university partners, collaborated to develop an intelligent spray-control system that uses laser vision to map the size, shape, and foliage density of a tree or plant and then applies a custom-tailored dose of pesticide based on foliage volume. Learn more.
See ars.usda.gov

Autonomous vehicles: Kubota and Nvidia to develop autonomous tractors

Kubota has partnered with American chip manufacturer Nvidia to develop self-driving tractors.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Peasant Girl Carrying a Jar, Quimperlé by Sir George Clausen


Displays: Topcon simplifies cab control with new in-cab displays

Topcon Agriculture announces the release of new in-cab displays - XD and XD+ touchscreen consoles.
See futurefarming.com

Carbon credits: Pilot project translates farm data to carbon credits

A carbon removal marketplace is to offer a new viable revenue stream for farmers.
See futurefarming.com

Weed control: Farmplan predicts growth of Blackgrass using farmers’ data

Participating British Farmers will provide data to train AI to predict where the weed will grow.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Départ pour les champs par Jules Breton (1824-1906)


Grain storage: TeleSense closes $10.2 million Series B round of financing

TeleSense will use the funding to scale to meet surging demand for its grain monitoring solutions.
See futurefarming.com

Weed control: AGCO: Proper sprayer set-up key to good weed control

AGCO shows best practices to maximise the effectiveness of a weed-control program.
See futurefarming.com

Farm management software startup PowWow rebrands as AgMonitor, raises $4.5m, by Lauren Stine

Today, AgMonitor aims to provide farm management advice using a combination of machine learning and publicly available data. It also seeks to connect farmers with agronomists, accountants, and other specialists.

The platform operates on over 100,000 acres and across a range of crop types. It provides text alerts relating to irrigation scheduling, water reporting, utility rate analyses, and field benchmarking, among other things.

“The difference is that we don’t have a hardware sensor,” Jerphagnon explained. “That’s really the unique component. We gather public data.”

AgMonitor proved a hard sell until Covid-19 hit and teams needed to find ways to work together that didn’t involve being on the farm together or meeting in person, Jerphagnon said. The subsequent boom in demand for digital meeting solutions helped the startup to secure its recent funding. The investors saw its software-as-a-service model as being well-positioned to take off in a world changed by Covid-19.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Boy with Spade by Vincent van Gogh


With $1.2m in fresh funding, SpaceSense sees satellite data as agtech’s next frontier, by Richard Martyn-Hemphill

For every satellite launched up into space, there’s terabyte after petabyte of data being beamed back down.

And with the latest generation of satellites even smarter and being dispatched skyward by the dozen, those petabytes will soon become exabytes, zetabytes, or even yottabytes.

So, how on Earth do you collect and crunch such a celestial deluge of data?
See agfundernews.com

Grain monitoring startup TeleSense closes $10.2m Series B to ramp up sales, by Lauren Stine

“TeleSense is creating a digital global grain supply chain that uses data to combat grain spoilage, making the supply chain more sustainable and saving companies billions of dollars in lost grain along the way,” said Spencer Maughan, co-founder and partner at Finistere Ventures, in a statement.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Première tentative de navigation par Évariste Carpentier


Satellite imagery and broadband to create $4 billion addressable market for Earth observation precision agriculture by 2029

US-based global business development firm TerraMetric has teamed up with international consulting and research firm Euroconsult to produce a new study titled, “EO4AG - Earth Observation for Agriculture”. With both companies operating in the space and geospatial markets, TerraMetric’s specialized knowledge of the agriculture market has helped create a report that provides an in-depth analysis of the global trends, vertical integration opportunities, and regional demand forecasted for Earth observation-based services and products addressing the agriculture sector. The two companies forecast that by 2029, the total agricultural market is expected to double in value to reach over $815 million. While government-driven sales are foreseen to remain significant, the uptake of precision agriculture solutions within the private sector due to expected near-global broadband coverage is expected to be the main catalyst behind this anticipated market growth.
See agfundernews.com

McKinsey: European online farming market could exceed $12bn by 2025, by Richard Martyn-Hemphill

Covid-19 is having a huge impact on farmers’ purchasing practices, according to new research from consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.

The survey of financial decision-makers at farms across Europe reveals that 95% of farms are considering adjusting purchasing behaviour to minimize physical interactions in response to the global pandemic.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): La laveuse de navets par Évariste Carpentier (1890), Musée des beaux-arts de Liège


Probiotics for tougher plants

Canadian researchers combine modern tech with ancient organisms to find solutions to mycotoxin-producing fungus. Naturally occurring bacteria called endocytes are promising soldiers to battle diseases like head blight and ear rot in wheat and corn.
See futurefarming.com

Meet the dairy firm hoping to power its delivery trucks using cow manure

- Around 85% of Arla’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from the co-operative of 10,000 farms it has across Europe.
- It is in the middle of a three-month trial looking at the viability of turning manure into fuel for its delivery trucks.
- It is working with two farms to collect the raw material that would usually be used by farmers as a fertilizer.
See cnbc.com

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Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 years by Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah.

Book Launch "Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years" with Prof Ian Goldin

Expert in globalisation and development, Professor Ian Goldin uses state-of-the-art maps to show humanity’s impact on the planet and demonstrate how we can save it and thrive as a species.

Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University, has traced the paths of peoples, cities, wars, climates and technologies on a global scale in his new book Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years, which he co-authored with Robert Muggah.

In this book talk he will demonstrate the impact of climate change and rises in sea level on cities around the world, the truth about immigration, the future of population growth, trends in health and education, and the realities of inequality and how to end it.
See Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University

Good old days (?????): Le dernier sillon par Henry Hubert La Thangue (UK, 1859- 1929)


The place of Europe in the new plant breeding landscape: evolution of field trials

CRISPR-cas gene editing in crop plants could significantly speed up the progress of breeding programs. Strikingly in the agricultural sector, the number of CRISPR-cas patents originating from Europe trails far behind the USA and China.

Examining field trials is another mean to compile biotechnological innovation in plant breeding. We examined field trials since 2002 and more recently from 2015 to 2020 with the emergence of CRISPR-cas in plant breeding. A total of 881 field trials were conducted in the EU from 2002 to June 2020 and maize represents 54.3% of them. Disparities exist within the EU Member states and Spain leads the EU field trials with almost half of them.  The drop of field trials in the EU since 2006 can be linked to strict GMO regulations. From January 2015 to June 2020, only 48 field trials were conducted, or are in progress, in eight countries compared to the 19 countries between 2002 and 2015. Spain and Sweden are ranking first with 28.3% of these field trials, while the UK is holding the third place with 17%. Only 5 field trials use CRISPR-Cas9.

Agronomic improvement comes first, followed by nutritional enhancement and biotic stress resistance as traits of field trials. Regarding the biotech crops, potato is the most tested crop with a fifth of the field trials (20.8%). The implications of regulatory policy in the restrictive deployment of NBTs for plant improvement in Europe are discussed as well as the need for a new regulation.
See europeanscientist.com

Good old days (?????): Après le labeur par Évariste Carpentier


Google sweetens Fitbit concessions, EU okay in sight – sources

Google has tweaked concessions aimed at allaying EU antitrust concerns about its $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit, people familiar with the matter said, putting it on course to secure EU approval for the deal.
See euractiv.com


The shaken turtle

A turtle is crossing the road when he’s mugged by two snails.

When the police show up, they ask him what happened.

The shaken turtle replies, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast.”

Good old days (?????): Le nourrissage des poules par Évariste Carpentier


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