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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
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.
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?
9. Dairy farming
See IDTechEx Research, “Agricultural Robots, Drones, and AI: 2020-2040: Technologies, Markets, and Players”.
How did we the future yesterday??
See the incredible collection developed by Alain Fraval
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.
Autonomous vehicles: Kubota and Nvidia to develop autonomous tractors
Kubota has partnered with American chip manufacturer Nvidia to develop self-driving tractors.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The maps that clearly show life is slowly getting better
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.
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.
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.”
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