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Hello dear readers! Today in our digest: devastating storm in the Northeast of the US, new findings in the weed control system, and the future of agricultural robotics!

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Tornadoes teared up New Jersey’s largest dairy farm.

The Wellacrest farm in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, was almost destroyed in about three minutes: silos were overturned, grain bunkers collapsed, and roofs were torn down. For those looking to donate, there has been a GoFundMe page set up.

The hurricane that devastated the dairy farm last week caused the EF3 tornado — many other twisters were registered throughout the state and neighboring Pennsylvania. The storm also caused historical rain and massive flooding due to the remains of Hurricane Ida that killed at least 50 people in six eastern states.


Is climate change critical for corn? What about weeds?

Scientists expect climate change to significantly reduce corn yields…

According to NOAA’s 2020 Annual Climate Report, Earth’s average surface temperature has risen at an average rate of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit (0.08 degrees Celsius) per decade since 1880. However, the average rate of increase since 1981 has been more than twice that rate — 0.18°C / 0.32°F.

Image 1. Significant climate anomalies and events in 2020. Source: NOAA’s NCEI State of the climate report & The WMO Provisional Status of the climate in 2020.

When the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere has doubled, which is expected to the end of the 21st Century, researchers project global temperature increase up to 4.5 degrees Celsius. That would incur a dramatic change of climate.

Since we are aware that climate change is a fact and that delaying action is not an option, we can mitigate its impact at least. Check our SoilMate’s website for inspiration and sustainable solutions.

Today, we will figure out how clouds are contributing to temperature rise and Global Warming.

Generally, clouds affecting the Earth in two ways that climate scientists define as positive and negative feedback. Clouds shade the sunlight, therefore, cooling the Earth. Clouds also produce…

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Research: the nature of the floods is expected to change with future warming

According to a new study, partly conducted by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, climate change will significantly change future flood patterns. Although an increase in the number of moderate storms in the future will not necessarily increase run-off in many regions, extreme storms will cause more devastating and frequent flooding. As the study shows, more precipitation will affect floods related to higher temperatures on the atmosphere and land. Researchers have also found that the threshold of increased precipitation leading to more significant flooding varies with seasons, altitude, and other factors.


Carbon neutrality — a new policy brief for municipalities worldwide

Municipalities worldwide need to increasingly apply negative emission…

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Farmers producing zero-yield tillage can reduce the use of herbicides, control weeds, and protect harvests

According to a new study by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, farmers using zero tillage, where the soil is never or rarely disturbed, can reduce herbicides use and maintain crop yields through the adoption of integrated weed control techniques. Although no-till agriculture can save soil and energy, it relies primarily on herbicides for weed control and to eliminate cover crops and perennial crops. …

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Scientists have developed a more sustainable way of producing fertilizers.

A group of international scientists led by the Nanyang University of Technology in Singapore developed a new «greener» method for producing a key compound in fertilizers that can pave the way to more sustainable agricultural practices as world demand for food grows. The team found a way to significantly improve the existing alternative approach to the production of urea, known as electrocatalysis — using electricity to control chemical reactions in solution. …

Great news! SoilMate is moving to Kubernetes! In this short article, we will explain the main advantages of Kubernetes and how we use it in Machine Learning.

From SoilMate’s side, containerization and orchestration proved beneficial in setting the infrastructure with predictable, repeatable, fast development and deployment. Implementing Kubernetes was one step further in building an efficient project development process with a bunch of benefits:

  • autoscaling — the complete automation and flexible scaling of the system — allow scaling the containers depending on application requirements;
  • general-purpose configuration of the infrastructure — support and portability across different cloud service providers; Kubernetes configuration is running on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform that makes it easier to select the optimal pricing along with meeting the GDPR compliance needs;

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Research: pest attack-order changes plant defenses

The dining time of different insects affects plant protection and nutritional quality — a challenge identified in a new study relevant to pest management strategies. Through a series of greenhouse experiments, Saumick Basu, a WSU research scientist and lead author of the study, and his colleagues at the Crowder Laboratory at WSU and Cornell University attempted to understand what was happening to pea fields in the Palouse area of East Washington. «Plants in the field have a chance of being exposed to many different types of biotic stress elements, what we call antagonists,» said Basu. …

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Research: Floodwaters carry toxins from the riverbed

During floods in Europe, North America, and Asia, old sediments can be precipitated by high speeds of water flow. Moreover, related pollutants are regularly released at one time and contaminate flooded areas. Researchers from Goethe University, RWTH Aachen University, and the University of Saskatchewan in Canada have compiled a review of previous scientific studies on this topic that describe the risks to drinking water production, the effects of temperature on fish inputs, and methods for estimating the economic costs of remobilization. …

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Countries came together to transform the world food systems at the UN Summit.

Governments around the world said that they formed coalitions to change the way the world produces and consumes food, with technology and innovation playing a crucial role. These coalitions are expected to seek progress in each category, including helping countries implement local solutions to create more equitable, healthy, green, and resilient food systems.

The coalitions include:

  • “Action for Nutrition and Zero Hunger” (Nigeria, Pakistan)
  • “Agroecology, Sustainable Livestock and Agricultural Systems” (Senegal, Switzerland)
  • “Aquatic and Blue Foods” (Iceland, Palau)
  • “Food Loss and Waste” (US)
  • “Living Incomes and Decent Work” (Antigua and Barbuda)
  • “Resilience” (Bangladesh)
  • “School Meals” including homegrown (France, Kenya)


RNA manipulation can lead to an increase in harvest up to 50 percent.

Heavy rains in the North-West of Europe resulted in severe floodings across The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and also affected Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom.

A photo shared by the Cologne district government on Twitter

As of the 26th of July, floods have reached at least twelve countries, more than 200 people have died, and almost the same amount is missing.

It was truly devastating for people, their property, industrial roads, and commercial landscapes. Some of the most damaging torrents of floodwater have cut off entire towns.

Besides human losses, massive floodings delay crop planting, reduced crop yields, and increased costs since crops (especially cereal species) are susceptible to stagnant water.

Today we will figure out how even short-term rain-induced flooding can harm plant development.

Stagnant water = poor soil performance

Water tolerance is a well-known quality of a large number of plant species. Moreover, sometimes crops are needed for floodwaters to maintain better growth…

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