The Autonomous Weeder is an autonomous robot that utilizes high-power lasers to eradicate weeds through thermal energy without disturbing the soil. The robot allows farmers to use less herbicides and reduce labor.
There are few herbicides available for specialty crops, making hand weeding the "go to" process. Could intelligent weeding machines be the answer? Based on technology advances made to date, experts say the answer is likely yes.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, may soon revolutionize weed management. Equipped with the right tools, researchers say they can be quite effective at both finding and treating problem weeds.
"With the xarvio™ SCOUTING app, anyone with a smartphone can identify weed and disease threats on a variety of crops, such as corn and soybean," said David Gray, Commercial & Business Development Manager for xarvio™.
In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.
The weed detection layers in MicaSense Atlas are designed to help growers identify and differentiate weeds from planted crops based on plant chlorophyll content. Each layer has a different combination of bands and color composite
Pam Smith for The Progressive Farmer: Drones buzzed overhead a tractor and spray boom projected images to simulate how spray nozzles can use new technology to spray only where weeds had escaped previous controls.
Artificial intelligence can be used, for example, to classify fruit varieties or to identify damaged parts (e.g. apples with marks or colour deviations). To cover all possible variances with classical image processing would be very time-consuming and costly. AI is able to solve these challenges in no time at all. With IDS NXT ocean, there is now a user-friendly complete solution for industrial applications available. It requires neither special knowledge in deep learning nor camera programming.