Robocrop Spot Sprayer brings sci-fi to farming

The best new product or innovation at the big LAMMA agri-show in England was the Robocrop Spot Sprayer, also from a Lincolnshire company, Garford Farm Machinery.

The company is well known for its weeder machines with digital cameras which are focused on the crop, attached to a computer that identifies which plant is a weed and which is a crop.

The company’s machines then use electronically directed rotor blades to remove the weeds and leave the crop.

They have taken the next step with their precision technology, by accurately identifying and spot-spraying weeds. The image analysis-based system identifies a variety of weeds in row crops, coupled with precision spraying modules to directly apply herbicide to single spots or to small patches of weeds.

Growers who are under pressure to reduce chemical use can in some cases use the new Garford system to replace broadcast herbicide application. It was the environmental section winner of the LAMMA awards.

In the technological section, the best new product or innovation winner was the ISO Lanbus exhibited by German company Satconsystem.

In precision farming systems, it enables control of compatible farming implements with a tablet computer, for example, automatic steering without a virtual isobus terminal. The display can be on any wi-fi internet browser device with a touchscreen, including smartphones.

Another category winner was the Profencer tractor- mounted fencing machine exhibited by Profencer Ltd of Sheffield. This fence unrolling, laying and tensioning machine is designed specifically for the professional fencing contractor.

Tractor mounted front or rear, it will pick up, load and dispense rolls of agricultural stock fencing up to 500m in length. Individual hydraulic controls give the operator control of height, tilt and wire tension, allowing safe and rapid fencing work.

Also at the LAMMA show (Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association), there were also innovation certificates of merit for the George Moate Revolutionary Tillerstar (a one-pass seedbed-forming machine), the Graintek fully automatic compact mobile green grain dryer, and PBE’s Slurry Spike grassland slurry injector.


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