EC-Weeder offers camera-guided weed control in row crops

With the acquisition of Dutch company Machinefabriek Steketee B.V. this year, Lemken has expanded its product portfolio, including the addition of row-crop cultivator EC-Weeder.

The cultivator uses the IC-Light camera system to identify rows, and when paired with automatic steering, allows the machine to automatically adjust for accurate placement between rows.

“We can go up to seven-inch spacing — it will stay in-between the spacing,” says Lemken sales rep Mark van Deursen. “We use a parallelogram that moves the machine automatically from the camera guidance.”

The system is available in a working width up to 13 metres, and is customizable, with numerous inter-row and intra-row tool options.

According to van Deursen, the system uses a ‘teach and learn system’ to learn the differences between weeds and crop plants as it goes, allowing it to find the rows even under heavy weed pressure. The company plans to use this technology in sprayers for spot spraying into the future.

The EC-Weeder is already on the market, with a few units sold in Alberta.

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