In the Frisian town of Makkinga, a new piece of farm equipment was used for the first time in the Netherlands this week utilising cameras to target weeds for pesticide use in crops.
Translation by Traci White
Omrop Fryslân reports that the machine, which has a 36-meter-wide frame, has a camera located every three meters which detect the weeds. The cameras communicate with an on board camera and send a signal to the pesticide spouts and only targets the identified weeds instead of indiscriminately spraying the crops.
The machine means that farmers end up using far less pesticide, which is more environmentally friendly. The width of the frame also makes the equipment extremely efficient because it can treat a larger area in a shorter period of time.
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