From fiction to field
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The Weeding Challenge team: (from left) Stefan Meldau, Project Manager Business Development Sugar Beet, Axel Altenweger, Head of Operations Klostergut Wiebrechtshausen and Sebastian Streit, AG Sensor technology & Data analysis, Institute for Sugar Beet Research (IfZ).
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The FarmDroid digitally registers the placement of the seed while sowing. Based on this information, it later mechanically removes the weeds growing between the plants.
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Systems like farming revolution use information from cameras to remove weeds with rotary choppers.
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Modular systems from Strothmann as well as the Robovator can handle up to twelve rows simultaneously, thus achieving a greater capacity for covering such large areas.
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Camera-based robotic systems such as the Ecorobotix reduce the amounts of herbicides used compared to conventional spraying methods, thanks to the highly precise and selective spraying.
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Weeds located directly next to sugarbeets are the ones that are often overlooked by robots. Therefore, they have to be reworked manual with a hand hoe.