Precision equipment showcased at CropTec 2013
As well as invaluable agronomy advice and knowledge sharing, the inaugural CropTec event also offered a platform for manufacturers wanting to show off their kit. James Rickard rounds up some of the precision equipment.
Using technology taken from its mechanical weeder, such as its Robo Crop camera guidance, Garford Farm Machinery has developed a chemical version which detects weeds and ‘spot’ sprays them in a localised area.
Designed to find broad-leaved weeds in vegetable beds such as carrots, leaks, onions and parsnips, the sprayer can work up to 6kph. As a result of localised detection and spraying of weeds, the machine can also apply glyphosate.
The bespoke nozzles are kept under pressure at all times and controlled electronically, much like a common rail engine.
The sprayer is available now, but Garford sees it as part of a complete chemical application package, mounted on a tool bar along with a hooded sprayer which would allow spot, patch or inter-row chemical application, or a combination of all three. The tool bar can be specified up to six metres wide (19ft), the limitation in width being the amount of technology required to make it work, says the manufacturer.
As you can imagine, Garford thinks there are huge cost savings to be had in chemical sprays – at least 50 per cent.