When it comes to spraying crops, European farmers want accuracy and the ability to effectively control rates as they travel through the field. North American farmers have similar spraying goals, but the size and capacity of equipment differs considerably from one continent to the other. In this report from Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, John Deere… Read More

Drones are flying everywhere these days but farmers can’t use them to spray pesticides on their crops. It’s illegal to fly unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) for applying crop protection products in Canada and it’s likely to stay that way for a couple of years. Why are drones still grounded for spray application? The answer is… Read More

Designed by Stara, Brazil’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturer, the Imperador 4000 sprayer claims to feature the world’s only centrally-mounted boom. The sprayer was introduced in 2010 with a mid-mount boom between the two axles, designed deliver more stability, better targeting and higher spraying quality, says Stara’s export area manager Douglas Fernandez. In this report from… Read More

Leaf twisting, burning, cupping, or crinkling — those are just some of the signs that a crop may be suffering from herbicide injury. Why do herbicides cause crop injury? University of Guelph weed researcher Dr. Peter Sikkema says injury causes can be classified into seven basic categories. That list includes extreme weather, unique or variable… Read More

It’s taken a few years, but John Deere has quickly evolved its See & Spray technology, moving from broadcast and targeted spraying of fallow ground to weed identification and targeted spraying in-crop. In this report from Agritechnica, Deere product marketing manager Solenne Bourgeois discusses how the company has combined its ExactApply system with camera technology… Read More

DJI is getting ready to take flight with its largest agriculture drone ever for international markets. The Agras T50 has been flying in China and is set to land in North America in the near future, says DJI Agriculture’s Toby Knisely. The high payload capacity drone is capable of carrying 40 litres of liquid or 50… Read More

Spraying enthusiasts visiting Agritechnica 23 had plenty of good things to say when visiting the Agrotop location to check out the company’s easyFlow M self-cleaning chemical transfer system. All the chatter prompted RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney to ask Agrotop’s export manager Joachim Herfort for a hands-on demonstration of how the closed, contamination-avoiding and self-cleaning transfer system… Read More

One of the keys to the evolution and adoption of agricultural robots is to ensure the machines can meet safety standards while working autonomously. At Agritechnica ’23 in Germany, French robot manufacturer Naïo Technologies announced that its robots will now be available with augmented autonomy — what the company describes as revolutionary technology that allows… Read More

Weed control is not an exact science, especially when Mother Nature throws curveballs at growers throughout the growing season. BASF agronomist Ken Currah says the extremes of the 2023 growing season are a good example of why it’s best to think season-long when planning a weed control program. During spring, as dry conditions continued through… Read More

Every sprayer operator has the ability to mitigate sprayer drift. The first and easiest thing an operator can do is change their droplet size. “It’s simple physics,” says Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs application technology specialist Jason Deveau. “When you go to a larger droplet, it’s more likely to continue to travel… Read More

A new sprayer retrofit system from Precision Planting will allow growers to upgrade technology without switching sprayers. Since entering the sprayer market in 2022, Precision Planting has launched its ReClaim boom priming and recirculation technology, and this fall, it will offer its new Symphony nozzle control system. At Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show at Woodstock, Ont.,… Read More

 

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