Efita Newsletter 972, dated February 15, 2021

Efita Newsletter 972, dated February 15, 2021
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EFITA newsletter / 972 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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2021, International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV)
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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Le battage du blé noir, par Paul Serusier (1864-1927)


Legal framework for autonomous cropping equipment – Status quo and economic analysis

17 February 2021 - 15:00-16:00 CET - Virtual
To start off the new year, we would like to invite you to an English-language lecture as part of our “digital workshop talks“-series.

Under the direction of Prof. James Lowenberg-DeBoer (Harper-Adams University, United Kingdom) and as part of a European team of authors, the Digitilization division of the Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Animal Husbandry at the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture contributed to a paper about the legal background of field crop robots. The paper further presents the economic, farm level consequences of such regulation. During the “digital workshop talks“ on 17 February 2021 (time: 15:00-16:00 CET), Professor Lowenberg-DeBoer will provide first insights into the findings

You can register until February 15 by sending an e-mail.

We look forward to your participation!

Contacts: Olivia SPYKMAN and Markus GANDORFER

Digital Farming Group
Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Animal Husbandry,
Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture
E-mail: Markus.Gandorfer(a)lfl.bayern.de

En 1899, 1900, 1901 et 1910, un groupe d'artistes, dont notamment Jean-Marc Côté, a réalisé une série de cartes et de dessins d'anticipation sur le thème de l'an 2000 (Bibliothèque Nationale de France).

Les pompiers volants / Aerial Firemen
In 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, a group of artists, including notably Jean-Marc Côté, produced a series of anticipatory drawings on the theme of the year 2000 (BNF).

Drill for Yield Project

The aim of this project is to create variable seed rate maps using canopy sensing information to maximise ear number and ultimately yield. The project is using existing technology (canopy sensing) in a new and innovative way to predict the optimum seed rate required to develop variable seed rate maps for cereal crops (winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley). This is an innovative and novel method for predicting optimum seed rate which will use estimations of shoot number derived from RGB and multispectral information.

The project will have four objectives to meet the aim of the project:
- 1: Determine the most appropriate method for measuring shoot number in the field.
- 2: Develop algorithms for predicting optimum seed rate based on shoot number.
- 3: Create, test and validate variable seed rate maps created using the algorithm.
- 4: Transfer new technology to farmers
See ec.europa.eu

AgGateway Releases Helpful API for Managing Online eCommerce Product Catalogs

AgGateway has completed version one of an API (Application Programming Interface) definition for the management of product catalog data, which assists cooperatives and companies in creating catalogs to offer branded online store services to their retail members and customers. AgGateway contributors – which include cooperatives, crop protection companies, seed manufacturers, and others – wanted to ensure that online eCommerce platforms have complete and accurate information in their product catalogs.
See aggateway.org

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: "La Moisson" de Paul Sérusier (1863-1927), Nantes, musée des Beaux-Arts


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Collaboration to use cloud-free satellite images, by Willie Vogt, Feb 10, 2021

BASF Digital Farming and VanderSat to offer daily biomass images for crop management.

Satellite imagery is gaining more traction as farmers get access to crop pictures daily, but there's a problem – clouds. “At any given moment, the earth is covered 70% by clouds,” says Jeff Spencer, xarvio global technology and data lead, BASF Digital Farming. “And it never fails that when a grower wants to make a critical decision that the clouds are over their field.”
See farmprogress.comv

Farm groups, researchers strive for automated harvests, by Tim Hearden, Feb 10, 2021

WSU, OSU, UC team with tree fruit groups and other universities in a major global push.
A trio of West Coast land-grant universities are teaming with farm groups and other researchers in a major global push to automate the harvests of apples, pears and other tree fruit.

Scientists from Washington State University, Oregon State University and the University of California are working with researchers, fruit growers and technology companies in Washington state and the Netherlands to find ways to use robotics and automation to overcome labor shortages and other tree-fruit challenges.

In a project called Fruit Orchard of the Future, the parties will seek to create a network of local field labs and testing grounds, set up exchanges for education and research, connect companies with growers, and build access to funding, according to WSU.
See farmprogress.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Jeune bretonne à la faucille de Paul Sérusier


Precision farming on the prairie

Saskatchewan farmer and content creator Mike Mitchell shares his thoughts on what technology fits on his operation, what might need improvement, and the challenges of using complex tools in the remoteness of Canada’s vast prairie landscape.
See futurefarming.com

Picking robots: Automatic fruit harvesting robot developed in Japan

The robot picks a fruit in approximately eleven seconds, which is about the same speed as a person.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Seaweed Gatherer de Paul Sérusier, Musée d'art d'Indianapolis


Carbon markets: Truterra launches farmer-owned carbon program TruCarbon

Carbon program is to help farmers generate and sell carbon credits to private sector buyers.
See futurefarming.com

Connectivity: Horsch and Climate Corporation announce platform agreement

Farmers will have increased opportunity to access and apply digital tools and Bayer data science capabilities.
See futurefarming.com

In-field analytics: DroneDeploy and Corteva bring in-field analytics to farmers

DroneDeploy approved to license Corteva's Stand Assessment AI and machine learning technology.
See futurefarming.com

Crop science: How plants could grow deeper in compacted soils

Crops with stronger, stiffer, lignin-armored roots penetrate hard substrates, promise higher yields.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les Lavandières de Bellangenet, ca. 1892, Paul Sérusier (Private collection)


Drones: DroneDeploy secures $ 50M to accelerate development

The investment will be used to expand the company’s products beyond aerial capture.
See futurefarming.com

Startup that taps AI to boost crop yields files for Canadian IPO, Bloomberg, by Marcy Nicholson

Farmers Edge Inc., a firm that uses artificial intelligence to help growers boost crop yields, is seeking to raise about C$100 million ($79 million) in an initial public offering to strengthen its finances and repay debt.
See bloombergquint.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): The Flock in the Black Forest, 1903, de Paul Serusier


Agtech CVC: Cargill on the agrifood industry’s reluctant digital shift, AFN, by Jessica Pothering
See agfundernews.com

Indigo Ag cuts more jobs; signs new carbon credit buyers, AFN, by Jack Ellis
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Le gardien de vaches de Paul Sérusier


Wine app Vivino raises $155m fueled by pandemic, Bloomberg, by Ivan Levingston
See bloomberg.com

‘Farmers must think before investing in digitisation’ (2019)

Any type of technical advancement always involves extra costs. If these investments don’t pay off in the long term, digitisation is no more than an expensive hobby.
See futurefarming.com

Bill & Melinda Gates can create the world's biggest agrifoodtech testbed - but they need to win over farmers first opinion! AFN, by Jack Ellis

It’s safe to say it was a surprise to many that one of the US’s most recognized tech industry veterans is also now its biggest farm owner.
The question undoubtedly on many lips is: Why?
See agfundernews.com

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President Biden & the future of regenerative agriculture in the US, AFN, by guest contributor: Steve Groff

With a new administration in Washington, the next few years could be interesting for efforts to improve agriculture production while addressing environmental issues at the same time.

President Joe Biden has expressed support for climate-friendly farming practices, but there are questions about what that ultimately will mean. Will helping American farms be a high priority for the new president or will it get lost amid other pressing concerns, including the Covid-19 pandemic? And just how open is a good portion of the agriculture community to the government getting involved in what they do?
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Harvest of Buckwheat, 1899, de Paul Sérusier (1864 - 1927)


Hangzhou (and the invention of Paper Money)

The Song dynasty, which spanned from 969 to 1276 CE, was a time of dynamism and invention. Through trade and industry, the Song empire became the richest on Earth. The dynastic capital, Hangzhou, was the wealthiest and most populous city in the world. Song-era China became the first country to print paper money, which is far easier to carry in large amounts than metal coins. Hangzhou served as a money-printing center and a hub of innovation and creativity.

During the Song era, the average Chinese person experienced extraordinary growth in their income level as the economy expanded. The economy grew due to new technological and agricultural advances and efficient trade routes that produced a genuinely nationwide market. The era also witnessed a significant increase in international exchange, as Chinese merchants expanded their trade networks as far as East Africa. Growing wealth helped motivate the adoption of paper money, as people found themselves dealing with larger transactions than in the past.
See humanprogress.org

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Walk, by Deborah Grayson Riegel (Harvard Business Review)

Walking is one of the simplest and most strategic things you can do for yourself. It takes little preparation, minimal effort, no special equipment, and it can contract or expand to fit the exact amount of time you have available. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a single bout of moderate-to vigorous activity (including walking) can improve our sleep, thinking, and learning, while reducing symptoms of anxiety. When we go for a walk, we perform better on tests of memory and attention; our brain cells build new connections, staving off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age; we can actively change the pace of our thoughts by deliberately walking more briskly or by slowing down; and our attention is left to meander and observe, helping us generate new ideas and to have strokes of insight.
See hbr.org

‘Unity With Purpose.’ Amanda Gorman and Michelle Obama Discuss Art, Identity and Optimism, by Michelle Obama, February 4, 2021

Amanda Gorman captivated the world when she read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Jan. 20 Inauguration ceremony. Sitting just feet away from the 22-year-old that day was former First Lady Michelle Obama, who had met Gorman twice before—in 2016 at a White House event for the National Student Poets program and again at a 2018 event for Black Girls Rock, an organization that seeks to empower women and girls. Gorman, who was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, emerged in an instant as the latest inspiring young artist of the renaissance. Her three upcoming books shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list and the NFL soon announced plans for her to recite an original poem at Super Bowl LV. In a remote interview, Gorman and Obama covered topics ranging from the role of art in activism to the pressures Black women face in the spotlight.
See time.com


French President Macron: Woke ‘Social Science Theories Entirely Imported’ From U.S. Are Eroding France, by Ryan Saavedra Feb 10, 2021

Top French politicians, journalists, and intellectuals are warning that “woke” social science theories “entirely imported from the United States” regarding race, gender, and post-colonialism are a serious threat to France.

“Emboldened by these comments, prominent intellectuals have banded together against what they regard as contamination by the out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture,” The New York Times reported this week. “With its echoes of the American culture wars, the battle began inside French universities but is being played out increasingly in the media. Politicians have been weighing in more and more, especially following a turbulent year during which a series of events called into question tenets of French society.”

The Times’ report notes that some of Macron’s remarks were made in a speech that he gave late last year. The Times surmised Macron’s speech as warning that American “woke leftism” was an “existential” threat to France that “fuels secessionism,” “abets Islamism,” “gnaws at national unity,” and “attacks France’s intellectual and cultural heritage.”
See dailywire.com
(The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment).
A little bit too conservative for me! I believe in unions and social movements to make possible individual initiatives.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
Bretons sur le chemin, 1919 de Paul Sérusier


Made my own grandkids

Scene: With a patient in my medical exam room.

Me: How old are your kids?

Patient: Forty-four and 39 from my wife who passed away, and from my second wife, 15 and 13.

Me: That’s quite the age difference!

Patient: Well, the older ones didn’t give me any grandkids, so I made my own.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les laveuses à la Laïta, de Paul Serusier (1864 - 1927), Musée d'Orsay, Paris


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