Weed ID, on-demand tank mix prototype hits field trials

On-the-go weed identification and custom application combine in concept to form the Xarvio Smart Sprayer, a prototype rolling out in field trials this year in both the U.S. and Europe.

Warren Bills, commercialization manager with Xarvio, showcased the spray-boom technology at the recent Ag in Motion farm show, near Saskatoon.

Bills says that the idea is to improve and automate crop production, with an end goal of combining plant species identification and the right ingredient for crop protection, all on a sprayer’s boom.

The Smart Sprayer should give farmers the ability to spray individual plants, and avoid spraying bare ground, a feature that could save up to 89% on some passes.

Bills emphasizes that there’s more to it than that, as well, as farmers and the agriculture industry likely have underestimated the timeline ahead where we may no longer be able to blanket treat a field. Autonomy, using options like this Xarvio Smart Sprayer, could be an excellent opportunity to face added restrictions head-on.

Selective spraying also helps manage weed control and adds another layer to delay or manage herbicide resistance, too.

According to Bills, farmers could see this Xarvio technology in the field at a commercial scale within the next three years.

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