There are smart spraying technologies available that work on identifying green material on brown through cameras. This technology allows farmers to only spray where there is a weed. The next step would be to do the same job in crops – green on green spraying. Agrifac developed the AiCPlus camera system with this wish in mind.
AiCPlus camera spraying
This innovative system works using a complicated algorithm which firstly gathers the data, then sorts and labels it. The algorithm is then showing the training set thousands of times so it can learn the pattern of when the weed is appearing. On a farm level the system is relatively similar to other camera sprayers with cameras fitted on the boom and the boom opening and shutting according to whether a weed is sensed. The big savings will occur in paddocks with relatively sparse, but economically significant weed populations, where spray costs can be cut by up to 90pc.
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4e’s for Growers
Each Agrifac machine and application is developed in accordance with the “4e’s for growers” concept. This means we take efficiency, economy, ergonomics and ecology into account and let them be decisive in all we produce.
With precision farming you are able to determine the NEED for crop protection per square metre. This allows very precise and sufficient treatment of your crops. This is different from traditional farming where there is much more global determination per field.
Spot-specific treatments offers a lot of benefits. Farmers can greatly reduce their chemical usage. It’s also better for the crop and has less impact on the environment as well. You don’t harm the crop, you only kill the weeds.
Spraying should be as efficient and safe as possible. During spraying, drift is undesirable. Losses have to be reduced to get as much as possible of the sprayed chemical on target. The entry of active ingredients into for example surface waters and fringe structures must be avoided
Air-assisted boom sprayers are developed for a number of reasons. Air-assisted spraying opens the crop canopy, exposes all foliar surfaces, carries small droplets to the target, improving coverage and reducing drift.
A vertical spray boom can be the answer for tall crops such as asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. A vertical spray boom ensures an optimal crop penetration. The positions of the nozzles can easily be adapted to the height of the crop and can be shut off by nozzle.
Farmers need the guarantee that a solution is sprayed with the desired rate at the right place, so the solution can work, protect, and feed the right plants at the right place. With StrictSprayPlus you can and will apply perfect amounts everywhere at all times.
Precision farming is not precise enough. To make the next step in agriculture, we need care at the plant level. Back to the basics of farming: taking care of every individual plant, but armed with the latest technologies.