Efita Newsletter 980, dated April 12, 2021

Efita Newsletter 980, dated April 12, 2021
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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 12 April, 2021

EFITA newsletter / 980 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Before computers... A Trip Through Paris, France in late 1890s / Un voyage à travers Paris, 1890

Upscaled with neural networks footage from the dawn of film taken in Belle Époque-era Paris, France from 1896-1900.

- FPS boosted to 60 frames per second;

- Image resolution boosted up to 4k – with digital artifacts, but some parts are improved noticeable, I'm preparing new dataset for that process, 4k is till in beta;

- Improved video sharpness;

- Colorized – I'm still unsure about it, but regarding to high request from the subscribers I decided to use DeOldify NN again on this video. If you don't like how DeOldify  doing colorization, please let me know in the comments, I will upload b&w version and put a link here.

Please, be aware that colorization colors are not real and fake, colorization was made only for the ambiance and do not represent real historical data.
See Paris 1890

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Germany, France and many EU countries can be proud of the results of their fight against the coronavirus

Europe appears to be the second least affected region in the world after the Far East, and France is also significantly less affected than the European average (with an increase in mortality of 13.6% compared to the expected trend).


Excess in mortality (%):
Within Europe, France is significantly below average with an increase in mortality of 13.6% compared to the expected trend.

Ratio between the official report of the number of Covid-19 deaths and the excess mortality observed. A ratio greater than 100% means that the death toll has undoubtedly been overestimated.
© Céline Deluzarche, based on « France Strategy ».




See futura-sciences.com in French

The most honest are to the left of the graph and it deteriorates more and more to the right of the graph.

French media find Serbia and UK great on vaccination ... forgetting coronavirus deaths
Russia: 291 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants

Serbia: 247 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants
United Kingdom: 187 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants
USA: 168 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants
France: 109 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants
Germany: 77 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants
See economist.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Moissonneuse, 1868, par William Adolphe Bouguereau


Predicting grass growth: The MoSt GG model, in Ireland by Elodie Ruelle, Luc Delaby and Deirdre Hennessy (Teagasc + Inra)

- The MoSt Grass Growth model was developed to predict grass growth, grass N content and N leaching at paddock and farm level.
- The MoSt GG model has been evaluated across several farms and years and shows good accuracy in grass growth prediction.
- A pilot program is being run across 40 farms with weekly grass growth prediction being sent to farmers each Tuesday.
- The MoSt GG model will soon be incorporated into PastureBase Ireland (PBI) giving each PBI user access to growth prediction specific to their farm.
See teagasc.ie

UK: Emergency derogation of neonics unlikely to be triggered for UK sugar beet crop: report (25 Feb 2021)

An emergency derogation for the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment in the UK is unlikely to be triggered for the upcoming sugar beet campaign, according to a report in Farmers Weekly.

A Rothamsted Research model shows that only 9% of sugar beets in the UK is expected to be infected by virus yellows by August. In contrast, the model predicted last year that 70-90% of the crop would be infected by the virus, the report said.

A forecast at or below 9% will likely lead to the derogation not being triggered, one source said.

The terms of the authorization of neonics had a trigger point that includes the Rothamsted model, which incorporates data taken up until Feb. 28, the source said. On March 1, UK growers expect to know with absolute certainty whether the derogation will be triggered.

This news has been attributed to cold weather since the start of the year. The source said: "It's looking like a low risk year as the weather has killed a good number of aphids and delayed the migration to the beet crop."
See spglobal.com

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).

L'élevage intensif / Intensive Breeding
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).

Tech collaboration to support sustainable ag initiatives, by Willie Vogt

NASA Harvest and CropX to combine in-soil insights and satellite observations to improve global ag monitoring.

Eyes in the sky have been part of U.S. life since the mid-1970s, when the first Earth Resources Technology Satellite was launched. Today, satellite imagery is available for a wide range of sources — but to what value? Can satellite imagery replace boots on the ground? The short answer is probably not, but that same imagery can have greater value when teamed with metaphorical boots on the ground.

That’s what a new collaboration between Israeli ag tech firm CropX and NASA Harvest will work to find out. NASA Harvest is a relatively new program of the space agency tasked in 2017 to link research operations with applied science. “NASA Harvest is NASA’s food security and agriculture program,” explains Inbal Becker-Reshef, program director. “It sits inside the applied science division at NASA, and it’s focused on the kind of transition from research into operations.”
See farmprogress.com

Farm Progress America, April 5, 2021

Max Armstrong reports on an industry that's seen significant growth: Agritourism
See farmprogress.com

Buying guide: Autosteer retrofit kits

Nearly 25 years ago, Australia was the birth and experimental ground of autosteer systems. Which retrofit autosteer systems can you choose from today? These manufacturers responded to our call for a buying guide.
See futurefarming.com

How did we the future yesterday??

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Autosteer kits: Buying guide: Autosteer retrofit kits

Which retrofit autosteer systems can you choose from today? You'll find them in our buying guide!
See futurefarming.com

Precision spraying: AGCO RoGator equipped with Y-logic precision application

Y-Logic’s precision application to reduce input and costs, while increasing efficiencies and yields.
See futurefarming.com

Drone spraying: Drone Volt launches autonomous spraying system for drones

The sprayer tool is compatible with the Hercules 20 drone for autonomous spraying.
See futurefarming.com

WEED-IT Precision Spraying

Since 1999, WEED-IT is the most accurate, fastest and most easy to use weed detection and elimination technology available. By spraying only weeds, it helps you save up to 90% on chemical costs!
See weed-it.com

AppHarvest acquires Root AI and its harvesting robots, AFN, by Lauren Manning

High-tech greenhouse startup AppHarvest has acquired Root AI, which uses AI to power robots that can help manage high-tech indoor farming operations.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Spinning Wheel, by John Wainwright (1855 - 1931)


Grab said to target US listing in biggest ever SPAC deal, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Grab — which offers myriad services including restaurant and grocery delivery, digital payments, and ride-hailing across Southeast Asia...
See agfundernews.com

Trax secures $640m from SoftBank, BlackRock for retail robotics & analytics, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Retail tech firm Trax — Southeast Asia’s highest-funded agrifoodtech startup in 2019 — has raised a further $640 million in funding.

The Series E round, which involved both primary and secondary capital, was co-led by new investor SoftBank Vision Fund II — the second iteration of the AI-focussed mega-fund established by Japan’s SoftBank — and funds managed by existing US investor BlackRock.
See agfundernews.com

Complexity, AI & the future of food: Toward the age of agrobots, AFN, by guest contributor Joseph Byrum

Agronomists share much in common with naturalists. Well versed in plant biology, plant physiology, and soil structure, a field scientist working with crops examines how a plant’s biological structure interacts with the natural elements of its production environment. Crop scientists must not only learn the language of science, but also how to determine the language of the land.

In a not too distant – but still imaginable – future, farmers and agricultural scientists will be accompanied by aids in the form of agronomic robots. These fieldbots, or agrobots, will not only understand the language of agricultural science, but also the language of complex environments in which they are trained to assist in cultivation. They will assess specific farmlands based on harvest monitor data, historical weather statistics, satellite data, and production data supplied by the farm’s human agronomists. Through the use of language, the agrobots will then provide farmers with multi-tier scenarios that plot out what the production status is likely to look like if certain actions are taken – today, tomorrow, or the next day.
See agfundernews.com

“Autonomous tractors are the future”

The autonomous farm equipment market will be worth US$ 150 Bn by 2031, according to a report by market research company Fact.MR. We talked to Shambhu Nath Jha, Senior Research Consultant at Fact.MR and lead author of the report, to find out the facts behind the numbers.
See futurefarming.com

Business : Raven buys Jaybridge Robotics to expand in autonomous tech

Raven Industries has purchased the intellectual property and patents of Jaybridge Robotics.
See futurefarming.com

GPS: Outdated John Deere iTC GPS usable once more with Agra-GPS

Agra-GPS has come up with a solution which allows outdated John Deere iTC receivers to be used.
See futurefarming.com

Market trends: "Autonomous farm equipment market worth US$ 150 Bn by 2031"

Enormous demand for autonomous tractors and harvesters is expected, according to a market report.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La tricoteuse de Jules Breton


Soil health practices boost incomes, cut costs & increase resilience: SHI, Cargill, in AFN, by Lauren Manning

Although an increasing number of food system stakeholders are touting the benefits of putting soil first, it has to make dollars and sense to farmers before they’ll be willing to overhaul their current practices. Last year, the Soil Health Institute (SHI) and Cargill announced they would carry out research to better understand the business case for adopting soil health practices on farms.

SHI recently released the initial results of that research. Based on data collection and in-depth interviews with 100 farms across nine US states, SHI concluded that adopting soil health practices led to a net income increase for 85% of farmers growing corn and 88% of those growing soybeans.

Farmers using soil health practices also cut down on their average costs per acre, dropping $24 per acre for corn and $17 per acre for soy.
See agfundernews.com

A Good Read: “GM Crops and the Global Divide,” by Jennifer Thomson, commented by Kathleen Hefferon Henry Miller
See europeanscientist.com

The Global Carbon Project (GCP)

The Global Carbon Project (GCP) integrates knowledge of greenhouse gases for human activities and the Earth system. Our projects include global budgets for three dominant greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide — and complementary efforts in urban, regional, cumulative, and negative emissions.
See globalcarbonproject.org

Anna’s GMO pink pineapple adventure - Alliance for Science (cornell.edu)
See allianceforscience.cornell.edu

What do we know about the decline of undernourishment in the developing world over the long run?

CRISPR ‘super corn’ with more kernels could reduce land, fertilizer and water use, by Emily Mullin

Now, researchers think gene editing — which is far more precise than traditional genetic engineering — could improve corn even more. In a recent study published in Nature Plants, researchers used gene editing to increase the number of kernels on ears of corn.

To make their super corn, researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and the University of Massachusetts used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to tinker with corn kernel numbers. They targeted a group of genes in the maize genome involved in the promotion of stem cell growth. Like in humans, stem cells provide plants with a source of new cells to regenerate damaged or diseased tissue.
See geneticliteracyproject.org

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La fileuse de Jules Breton


Five great new green innovations – from pop-up rodent tents to tyre dust traps

The Earth Optimism 2021 summit is showcasing practical conservation solutions. We look at the ways technology is making a difference.
See theguardian.com

Earth Optimism Alliance

Conservation evolved as a crisis discipline, born of environmental disasters of the past and driven by the possibility of future catastrophes. In some ways this remains the case, and there are certainly more than enough examples of bad environmental news to fill scientific journals and media stories.

However, there are growing signs of a new approach, one focused less on doom and gloom and more on solutions and success. This evolving change is itself the product of two forces: first, the recognition that fear without hope does not motivate people and indeed can produce disengagement, and second, that conservation already has many achievements to celebrate, which are not fully appreciated.
See conservationcommons.si.edu

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Kniting by Adolf Hering (1863-1932)


CDC Data Suggests Vaccinated Don’t Carry, Can’t Spread Virus, by Paola Rosa-Aquino

After warning for months that vaccinated people should still be cautious in order to not infect others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests they may not be at much risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

“Vaccinated people do not carry the virus — they don’t get sick,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday. That’s “not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real-world data.”
See nymag.com

For Progress on Zero-Carbon Energy, Look Beyond the Beltway, By Jordan McGillis & Paige Lambermont

New reactor designs could lead to low-cost, low-risk, zero-carbon energy if regulators don’t make the economics untenable.
See humanprogress.org

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Jeunes dentellières de Beuzec-Conq, Alfred Delobbe (vers 1905), Musée départemental breton


Heroes of Progress: Louis Pasteur, a 19th-century French scientist known as the "father of microbiology."

Pasteur was the first scientist to use artificially weakened pathogens as vaccines, and his experiments revolutionized our understanding of disease.

Without him, hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people would not be alive today.

Read a full article about Louis Pasteur
See video

Heroes of Progress: David Nalin, the New Yorker who developed the precise formula for oral rehydration therapy

Before Nalin, the only way to rehydrate patients suffering from diseases like cholera was IV therapy, an expensive treatment that requires modern medical facilities.

In contrast, Nalin's simple oral solution can treat severe dehydration anywhere at just three cents a dose.

By making treatment for dehydrating diseases cheap and accessible, Nalin has saved over seventy million lives.

Read our full article about David Nalinv
Video about David Nalin

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We got rid of Covid-19 in the Faroe Islands through competence – and luck, Bárður á Steig Nielsen, prime minister of the Faroe Islands

Our management of the pandemic during the spring and summer was unique in the scale and effectiveness of its testing capacity. The Faroe Islands had the world’s highest rate of testing per capita last year. We tested up to 2% of the population – or 1,000 people – every day (our total population just over 50,000). In June, we required that all travellers to the Faroe Islands were tested at the airport on arrival, and we recommended they get tested again six days later.

Testing capacity doesn’t come from nowhere. Our industrial sector has put us at a huge advantage. The production of farmed salmon is a key industry in the Faroe Islands, and, in the past, salmon farmers have been tormented with salmon disease, which has caused several industry collapses. In response, our veterinary authorities built the infrastructure necessary to rapidly test for salmon diseases in an emergency.

When the pandemic struck, the Faroese veterinary authorities proposed adapting these testing labs so they could be used to test for Covid-19 in humans. They collaborated with private laboratories and the public health sector, allowing the Faroe Islands to increase its testing capacity to about 5-7% of the population a day by August, which we combined with contact-tracing and isolation policies.
See theguardian.com

Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine

A new formulation entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam could change how the world fights the pandemic.

A new vaccine for Covid-19 that is entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam could change how the world fights the pandemic. The vaccine, called NDV-HXP-S, is the first in clinical trials to use a new molecular design that is widely expected to create more potent antibodies than the current generation of vaccines. And the new vaccine could be far easier to make.

Existing vaccines from companies like Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson must be produced in specialized factories using hard-to-acquire ingredients. In contrast, the new vaccine can be mass-produced in chicken eggs — the same eggs that produce billions of influenza vaccines every year in factories around the world.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Kniting by Albert Samuel Anker


The Six Laws of Zero That Will Shape Our Future, By Chunka Mui

Technological advancements are reshaping countless aspects of the decades to come.

Six key drivers of humanity’s progress—computing, communications, information, energy, water, and transportation—are headed toward zero cost.

That means we can plan on being able to throw as much of these resources as we need to address any problem.




See humanprogress.org

The 7 emails you should send every week to get ahead in your career, by Michael Thompson

An email saying “thank you”
An email to someone you admire
An email lifting someone up
An email to someone you just met
An email to an old co-worker
A Thursday afternoon email to your boss
A Friday afternoon email to yourself
See theladders.com

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Do you know how productive humanity is today compared to the past?
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La transformación del Valle de los Caídos y otros retos pendientes en memoria histórica (gracias a la tecnología de análisis del ADN de las victimas)

El Gobierno aprueba una partida de 665.000 euros para la exhumación e identificación de víctimas enterradas en el mausoleo.
Ver elpais.com

Egipto empieza a aliviar el atasco en el canal de Suez

La principal vía marítima entre Europa y Asia recupera poco a poco la normalidad tras seis días bloqueada por el ‘Ever Given’.
Ver elpais.com

Así son los cálculos de riesgo y beneficio con la vacuna de AstraZeneca

Un repaso a los números con los que trabajan los reguladores para decidir sobre la vacuna anglosueca. En la 'newsletter' de Kiko Llaneras.

El riesgo de morir al contraer la covid sería mucho mayor que el de sufrir un trombo raro después de recibir la vacuna. Para la gente de 60 a 69 años, el riesgo por covid es 2.000 veces superior.
Ver elpais.com

Vacuna de AstraZeneca: prudencia, sí; miedo, no

Los efectos adversos del producto del laboratorio anglosueco son muy infrecuentes.

Ningún medicamento es completamente seguro. La cuestión es si los beneficios que aporta compensan los riesgos inherentes a su uso. Y en este caso la evidencia científica que proporciona la EMA dice que así es. No hay que olvidar que esta vacuna ha demostrado ser efectiva en la prevención de casos graves. En el actual contexto de crecimiento de los contagios y limitaciones en la producción de vacunas, renunciar de forma radical a AstraZeneca puede acabar causando muchísimas más muertes de las que se evitarían suspendiendo su uso. Habrá que medir bien entre prudencia y los riesgos de hiperreacción.
Ver elpais.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Strickendes Mädchen mit Korb von Albert Samuel Anker


Short jokes

JOSH: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
JAKE: I haven’t the foggiest.
JOSH: An investigator!

BILL: Why did the policeman ticket the ghost?
BILL: It didn’t have a haunting license.

OWEN: On which show do detectives solve crimes committed by lawn gnomes?
OSCAR: Tell me.
OWEN: “Lawn Order.”

GEORGE: What happened to the robber who stole a lamp?
MICHAEL: Tell me.
GEORGE: He got a very light sentence.

POLICE OFFICER: Why did you park here?
BILLY: The sign says, “Fine for parking.”

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Jour de lessive, par Pierre Edouard Frère (1819 - 1886, FR)


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