The first three robotic farmers Harry, Dick and Tom go out in February In the UK, as part of the project on the robotization of agriculture with the support of a large trading network Waitrose Autonomous robots will start to cultivate wheat fields in a three-year test period. The harvest will be purchased by the trade network for the production of bread and flour.
Robots Tom, Dick and Harry will present a new technology of Autonomous cultivation of crops on the 4000-acre estate of the Leckford Estate in Hampshire. Each robot is designed to perform specific tasks. Tom is responsible for crop and soil monitoring, Dick for spraying and laser weeding, Harry for precision seeding.
It is expected that the robots will start working in February. The technology of robot farmers based on artificial intelligence is developed by Small Robot, which aims to use the power and precision of artificial intelligence to improve the way food is produced and minimize the use of agrochemicals.
The company says farmers can expect a 95% reduction in chemical use, a 40% increase in revenue and a 90% reduction in energy consumption for cultivation compared to tractors. Robots are smaller, lighter and more accurate than modern farming systems using tractors, the developers say. In addition, they can work on small and non-standard form fields, without harming hedges, biodiversity and landscape.
In the long run, robotic farmers can radically improve farming methods when every process-from knowing when to sow, to all aspects of plant care, to determining the exact time to harvest - will be automated.
People with high environmental awareness prefer to buy Christmas trees from rosemary.
After last year's rosemary trees became a hit of new year's sales in the UK, one of the largest retailers of Waitrose & Partners made a bet on them this season, especially since this spice is among the top 3 best-selling fresh herbs in the UK with an increase in sales by 200% for Christmas.
Alternative Christmas trees proved to be a popular purchase, as environmentally conscious consumers were looking for a "multi-purpose" tree that could be reused rather than just thrown in the trash after the celebration.
Rosemary bushes are grown and cut so that they resemble the shape of a Christmas tree. The height of these fragrant miniature trees is about 30 cm in height, which is less than a third of the size of an ordinary Christmas tree, but they fill the house with a pleasant and refreshing aroma.
The tendency to rosemary trees originated in America, where now they are bought as much as standard Christmas trees.
Needle rosemary leaves make the plant a great option for new year's design, and, you can decorate them as well as large traditional Christmas trees. But you can put not only on the floor in the hall, but also in the kitchen on the windowsill and even in the middle of the table.
Rosemary leaves can also be used to flavor dishes during the holidays, and then in the summer to send to the garden, so that no such "Christmas tree" will not be lost.
As part of the business program of the XXIV international specialized trade and industrial exhibition "MVC: Grain-Feed-veterinary-2019" IV international conference "Turkey in Russia: practical aspects" will be held. The event will be held on the second day of the exhibition, January 30, 2019 from 10.00 to 13.00 in the conference hall № 237 pavilion № 75 VDNH
The IV international conference "Turkey Breeding in Russia: practical aspects" is organized by the "Expohleb" with the special support of the Rosptitsoyuz, the world scientific Association for poultry (WPSA), the Meat Council of the Common Economic Space and the national Association in the field of turkey farming. The conference will include speeches by representatives of the company "Beringer Ingelheim" (Germany), OOO "HimBioLab" and the laboratory of biotechnology research Institute for poultry processing industry. Participants will talk about modern vaccines, microbiological control of disinfection, safety and quality of products, as well as the use of secondary products of poultry processing as a source of protein in turkey feed. The capacity of turkey breeding enterprises this year will reach a maximum, and accordingly will increase the demand for related products in this segment.
The French believe that their cities are indeed green. Over the past couple of years, the country has seen a boom in urban agriculture.
In France, a number of ambitious projects for the construction of vertical city farms will start in the near future.
So, in the Paris suburb of Romainville two "vegetable towers" will be erected with an area of 1000 square meters to supply the inhabitants with fresh products. "Speaking of urban agriculture, the French market is a very promising market, because the French are very attentive to their diet," says Corentin (Felix) Hasuan from CMF company, which specializes in high - tech greenhouses and city farms, dealing with such objects around the world. The complex will be a modern object of urban agriculture. However, according to Corentin, the main task of this project is to combine aesthetics and technical innovations in one object. The complex should produce carrots, tomatoes and other agricultural products up to 12 tons per day. All plants will be grown according to the method of hydroponics. The products are planned to be sold at low prices to local residents. The new Paris project is not the only one in France. In Nantes, the company is currently building two vertical city greenhouses-six and four floors, with controlled climate and lighting. "It's really great to be a part of this," says Corentin. "In the past, we have always supplied greenhouses to the traditional market, but now we see that there are great opportunities for the development of innovative solutions that combine our greenhouse know-how with the architectural concepts of city farming, and it is very interesting!»
Why is "native" soy better than imported?
German farmers are more interested in the cultivation of soybean, especially in the South of Germany. According to the Association of organic farming in Bavaria, in 2018 in Germany as a whole, about 23 900 hectares of arable land were allocated for soybeans, which is 25% more than in 2017, and the territory under soybean will continue to grow. This new high experts associated with the successful initiative of the Federal Ministry of agriculture, which in 2013 launched a five-year project for the support of the German soybean producers. Now the focus of soybean production in Germany is in Baden-württemberg (7.3 thousand hectares) and Bavaria (11 700 hectares). Positive signals to support local soybean production came from representatives of the agricultural ministries of Bavaria and Baden-württemberg. Friedrich Mayer, head of agricultural production at the Ministry of agriculture of Bavaria, promised the German feed soybean Association support in the form of financing projects such as public relations, market development and trade networks, as well as the coordination of varietal tests. Similarly, new concepts for the promotion of soybeans and their by-products will be funded. The advantage will be for soybeans obtained in organic farming.