new system sprays only weeds, not crop
blue RIVeR TeChnOlOGY, a John Deere company, brings a whole
new dimension to precision farming, and a new tool to fight
utilizing the latest technology in computer vision, artificial
intelligence, and robotics, the blue River See & Spray system analyzes
every plant in the field and then decides and reacts in real time. For
See & Spray, the decision is between crop or weed. If it’s a weed, it
by spraying only where weeds are, and not wasting valuable
chemical on the ground or on the crop, growers can use up to 95
percent less chemical than a typical broadcast application. Savings
vary according to weed pressure, but where broadcast sprays are
often used to kill the weeds that escape through pre-emerge and
residual applications, See & Spray can target those weeds and
eliminate a costly broadcast application.
Think of the savings in chemical, and the reduced environmental
impact of up to 95 percent less chemical for weed control. by being
so precise, and only spraying weeds, See & Spray brings new options
for weed control. even using non-selective material could be a
possibility, giving more options for controlling the ever-increasing
list of resistant weeds.
blue River will be demonstrating the technology at this year’s
Sunbelt Ag expo. by planting cotton and soybeans in September,
there will be young cotton available to spray and show how See
& Spray could work in a spring weed control program. The main
goal of the demonstration is to get grower feedback and to better
understand how growers believe they could use this technology in
See & Spray is still a few years away from being commercially
available, so the company believes it is very important to see and
hear what growers have to say, and make sure they are building the
right machine for the right job.
blue River will be in the field with See & Spray and will be running
the demonstration during expo hours at 10: 30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and
3:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 10: 30, 1:00, and 2: 30
By spraying only where the weeds are, and not wasting valuable
chemical on the ground or on the crop, growers can use up to
95 percent less chemical than in a typical broadcast application.
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