As technology advances, spot sprayers are becoming more and more of a viable option — a helpful evolution given the advent of herbicide resistance and the increased focus on environmental stewardship.
Trimble has added to the Weedseeker line up with an updated version of the spot-spraying system, dubbed the Weedseeker 2. The tech is mounted on the boom of any type of sprayer, and spot sprays based on leaf-tissue detection to cut down on herbicide usage.
Some of the main differences in the latest edition include speed and accuracy, says Trimble’s Jake Ridenour.
“We have the ability to go twice as fast now. We can go up to 25 mph with this unit going across the field. Another real big difference is the way we are actually looking at the weed. The ability for us to pick up green, from yellow, from brown, is much improved over the previous product that we had.”
In the state of where we currently are in agriculture, Ridenour emphasizes the importance of spot sprayers.
“More and more, especially around bodies of water and natural resources, it’s very very important to watch what we’re putting on the ground. Especially with resistant build-up. It’s very important to start cutting that out and start cutting that amount down in order to essentially keep track of the environment and be good stewards to the environment.”
Check out the full conversation between Jake Ridenour and Kara Oosterhuis, below: