Digital Crop Scouting for Precision Herbicide Applications
About five years ago, spraying technology took a big leap, with the first nozzle by nozzle herbicide application tools hitting the market. This allowed for very precise spray applications, if that is the farmer could get a prescription of exactly where each species of weeds existed in the field. Sentera CTO Eric Taipale (type-o-la) says they saw this as an opportunity.
Taipale… “We saw that as an opportunity four or five years ago to take the drone based technology that we're dealing with most of the time and to see if we couldn't develop AI or machine learning technology that could go across the field and detect those weeds and map it out precisely enough so that we could send that prescription that we develop or that weed map that we develop through a prescription engine and then transfer that to the machine and have the machine go off and execute it.”
Taipale says this combination of technologies is a game changer.
Taipale… “These technologies let the grower choose the exact chemistry, the right chemistry for the, in some cases, the weed species that's in their field, only apply it where the weeds exist, and to do it very rapidly without disrupting the way that their normal way of work with their custom applicator or their agronomist.”
Learn more about Sentera’s digital scouting tools at www.sentera.com.