Herbicide Systems Moving Toward Robotic Functions

Modern technology through global positioning systems (GPS), robotics, automation, imaging sensors, and the Internet of Things (IOT) are quickly changing the way agriculture works in the United States. One of the latest examples is new spray equipment under development by a start up company called Blue River Technologies. This company is seeking to develop robotic herbicide spray technology that can traverse crop fields, identify undesired weeds through plant recognition software and quickly target and spray the plants while in motion through the field. The group believes that such technology could enhance the efficacy of herbicides, increase accuracy of applications, and dramatically reduce the amount of herbicides applied to crops.

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