Robocrop camera-guided herbicide sprayer is revealed

A smart herbicide application system that uses boom-mounted cameras to spot weeds and then sprays them with one of an array of oscillating nozzles was previewed at the conference.

The Spot Sprayer is the latest addition to the Robocrop range, developed by Garford Farm Machinery and software developer Tillett & Hague, and has been trialling for a year. "It is still at the prototype stage, but we are starting to look for buyers," said Garford technical manager Tim Hales. "It would be built to the customer's spec."

Allium & Brassica Centre director Andy Richardson said: "It can reduce the number of applications and increase the crop health and yield. And the amount of herbicide used is tiny."

Garford has already developed vision-guided automatic hoes to remove weeds between crop rows.

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