Efita Newsletter 958, dated November 9, 2020

Efita Newsletter 958, dated November 9, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 958 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Without learning to think statistically, we'll never know when people are bending the truth, by Paul Goodwin

Some simple checks can help separate an honest statistic from a falsehood.
See theguardian.com

Good old days (?????): Harvesting by Peder Mork Monsted, 1926


FIRA 2020: Join the leaders of Agricultural Robotics!

8-10 December 2020 - Virtual
FIRA 2020 is the expert event dedicated to the agricultural robotics’ leaders worldwide.
- 28 Key Speakers
- 30+ Ag Robots with demos in real conditions
- 50+ Exhibitors
-2nd Scientific Workshop
- Business Meetings Register now and get 20% using promo code FF20FIRA20!
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FIRA 2020 - Guy Waksman talk - General overview
8 December 2020 - 9:15 - 10:30
General overview

FIRA 2020 programme

Good old days (?????): Harvest near Tulstrup by Peder Mork Monsted


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Efita 2021 Conference

25 -26 May 2021 - Digital Agriculture Web Conference
The European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA) would like to invite you at the first EFITA International online Conference in 2021. As a way to keep the momentum and engagement of our society, while maintaining the plans for the 2022 physical EFITA conference, this conference and its format are planned as a response to the unpredictable situation created by the COVID-19.
This event is an opportunity to bring together engineers, scientists, technicians, aca-demics and industry people in a new way to exchange knowledge, ideas, to present innovations and to discuss the state-of-the-art and future use of ICT in the agri-food sector and bio-resources production sectors.
See efita2021.com
Contact: Dionysis BOCHTIS
E-mail: d.bochtis(a)certh.gr

(FR) Quand les retraités font de l'artisanat – Créativité contre l'ennui
(DE) Wenn Rentner Basteln - Kreativ gegen Langeweile
(EN) When retirees do handicrafts - creative against boredom /
See excellent video

Good old days (?????): Harvest scene from Søkilde by Peder Mork Monsted, Denmark, 1930


B-SMART TV highlights ITK and Aline Bsaibes, its General Manager

>> At itk you have developed a decision support tool for agriculture. What are your assets?
We help farmers maximize their return on investment by producing better. This means for farmers to produce milk better, to have less mortality of calves; for corn producers, to irrigate better, to fertilize, to have a better yield at the end.

>> There are three issues on which you intervene: strategic decision-making, risk management and farm operations management. Are these packaged solutions?
It’s the same model, it’s the same platform that makes “plant talk”. To grow the plant needs nutrients in the soil, water, air, sun. Our model indicates daily the needs of the plant.

> Insurers are interested in predicting returns.
> Water needs can be predicted, serves farmers and farm advisors.
> Carbon storage in soil can be measured and this is of interest to carbon credit buyers.
It’s the same model and platform that helps different players in the agri-food value chain

>> And your platform works with artificial intelligence, algorithms?
It is indeed different approaches to artificial intelligence and algorithms. We have 120 employees, including sixty doctors in applied mathematics and artificial intelligence. That is our job.

>> In terms of development and innovation, what are your main topics?
We are on two main topics. The first is insurance. We finished working on a product with our insurance client-partners. Our products make it possible to differentiate between yield losses due to climatic hazards, and yield losses due to production mistakes. And the insurance companies want to insure climate hazards. Those are the products we do with them.
And the second is on optimizing carbon production in Kenya, with a broad carbon fixing concept in the soil. So, on the one hand we optimize production and on the other hand we make sure that the carbon is fixed in the soil. The benefit of this tool is twofold: reduce greenhouse gases, and in a second time monetize this gain in carbon storage for farmers.
See itk.fr/en

Good old days (?????): Painting by Peder Mørk Mønsted, 1859 – 1941 (DK)


Itk solutions
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Crop productivity in the context of climate change

A nice post from Nicolas Chevillotte Uribe-Holguin was published today on Linkedin. Nicolas is Digital Advisor (Consumer Goods & AgriTech) in Microsoft Aspire MBA Program (a Microsoft Digital Advisory Service).
These services help organizations as they reimagine and transform customer engagements, employee experiences, business models and operations. On October 19th he wrote an article to highlight crop management profitable solutions to protect the environment. He chose to take as an example itk agriperformance and sustainable supply chain solutions.
See itk.fr

Protein mapping identifies nitrogen limited zones within the field

An on combine NIR analyser measures protein, moisture, oil and starch in real time as grains are harvested. By combining protein and yield along with GPS coordinates, a new field map, Protein/Yield Correlation Quadrant Map, is generated.
See futurefarming.com

Partner feature: ISOBUS solutions for ‘green’ benefits

Simple access to ISOBUS will provide new data and machine control opportunities. See futurefarming.com
See futurefarming.com

Machinery data: Claas, 365FarmNet and John Deere exchange machinery data

DataConnect is now available. It exhanges machinery data between Claas, 365FarmNet and John Deere.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Girl in harvest field, by Daniel Ridgway Knight, 1887


Autosteer: Ag Leader launches new SteerCommand steering line-up

Ag Leader enhanced its InCommand displays and launches new guidance and steering products.
See futurefarming.com

Connectivity: Wi-Fi repeater creates bubble of connectivity around tractor

Zetifi and Case IH developed a portable Wi-Fi repeater that can be fitted to a tractor.
See futurefarming.com

Field robots: Naïo and Varta create remote charging station for robots

Naïo and Varta collaborate to create an autonomous transportable charging station for robots.
See futurefarming.com

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


Field robots: Who will win the Best Field Robot Concept Award?

FIRA and Future Farming magazine will award a prize for the best field robot concept of 2020.
See futurefarming.com

Treasury Wine Estates signs three-year deal with harvest prediction agtech company, The Australian Financial Review, by Natasha Gillezeau (feat. The Yield)
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Good old days (?????): The Old Woman and the Cat, 1885, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931)


The Yield, Australian start-up

The Yield is on a mission to transform the agriculture and food industries using technology. Today, and 50 years from now.
We want to make the latest digital technology available to every grower, because we know it is uniquely able to help them make faster, more informed decisions.
It’s also our aim to help achieve sustainable food production and increase global readiness for future challenges.

Here’s how we do it.
The most important thing to know about data is that it increases in value the more it is used.
There are dozens of ways we can put data to work – from using it to enhance decision-making on farms and creating process efficiencies across the food chain, to fine tuning the products and services available to growers.
Data can also be used to develop new scientific models, like predicting disease risks for certain crops or regions.
As a company, we are committed to working with data in a way that benefits growers. We maintain a secure cloud environment where data is curated, quality controlled and stored, so it can be re-purposed for a positive benefit. Importantly, as a customer of The Yield you own your personal and on-farm data, and the decision to share it for any commercial benefit rests with you.
As the use of data raises many questions from growers, below are some common questions and their answers.
See theyield

Bushel-Powered App

Bushel offers an app that allows agricultural cooperatives to stay better connected to its growers, improving efficiency and cutting waste from the grain and egg supply chain.
See bushelpowered.com

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Nestlé acquires meal delivery startup Freshly in $1.5bn deal, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Nestlé‘s US unit has acquired food delivery startup Freshly in a deal that could be worth as much as $1.5 billion, depending on the continued growth of the business.
The purchase values Freshly at $950 million, plus “potential earnouts” of up to $550 million “contingent [on its] successful growth.”
Established in Arizona in 2015, the now New York-based startup delivers ready-prepared meals to its customers, who pay via a weekly subscription.
See agfundernews.com

Ireland: What 2020 has taught the agrifood sector: resilience, AFN, by Jessica Pothering

If there is anything the world has learned from the pandemic about the future of food it’s that food chains need to be more resilient. Ireland is a case study in how to achieve it.
The small European island country was reeling after the global financial collapse—as most places were. But with its financial sector in shambles, it turned to its food producers to help rebuild its economy.
Ireland developed a national food and farm strategy called Origin Green. At the center of the strategy was widespread farmer-producer collaboration and a commitment to sustainable growing, raising and harvesting practices.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Perdue, 1886, par Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finnish Nat. Gallery


'They give me the willies': scientist who vacuumed murder hornets braces for fight

Chris Looney helped dismantle the first nest of Asian giant hornets in the US. Now he’s preparing for the next step.
See theguardian.com

The Agriculture Community 2020: The People Behind the Product

The agriculture industry, like most others at the moment, is assessing where there are untapped skills from currently under represented groups of people. Organizations are increasingly looking at diversity and inclusion in the workforce, as well as outreach schemes for attracting more women and a younger generation to the industry.

New Ag International recently conducted a huge study of agriculture industry professionals from around the world on the diversity of the workforce and importance of sustainability within the community. The results of the 322 responses, presented in this report, reveal unique insights into the people behind the products. Explore or download the full report here.
See informaconnect.com


How 4 years of Trump reshaped food & farming, Civil Eats, by Lisa Held (deeply anti-trump!)

In the midst of a global pandemic, a rushed Supreme Court confirmation, and a reckoning with racial justice, food and farming have been on the back burner in the 2020 presidential election.

And yet, many of the policies that determine how we produce and access food are inextricably linked to the issues that are in the spotlight. COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on farm and meatpacking workers, for example, and its effects on the economy have increased food insecurity, especially in communities of color, to unprecedented levels.

Although Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue described the Trump administration’s efforts as “fighting for our farmers, ranchers, and rural America” in his recent Fox News op-ed (an effort that appears to be a violation the Hatch Act), one thing is clear:  President Trump’s agenda, focused primarily around deregulation and increasing aid to commodity farmers while cutting food aid to needy families, will have long-lasting implications.
See civileats.com

Biden's win

...the historic dimensions of Biden’s win are astonishing. He won more votes than any US presidential candidate ever – around 75 million. He defeated an opponent with brutal political instincts and a genius for communication. For a while at least, the US and the world can hope for a period of normalcy. Populism hasn’t gone away. But this week it suffered its most significant 21st-century defeat.
See theguardian.com

Good old days (?????): Forgeage de Sampo, 1893, par Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finnish Nat. Gallery
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City workers

Two Irishmen were working in the public works department.

One would dig a hole and the other would follow behind him and fill the hole in.

After a while, one amazed onlooker said:

"Why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind and fill it up again?"

The hole digger wiped his brow and sighed, "Well, I suppose it probably looks odd because we're normally a three-person team. But today the lad who plants the trees called in sick."

Good old days (?????): A Ploughing Farmer by Anton Mauve (1838-1888), NL


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