Intelligent Spray Control System


About the Technology

The Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System™ (Smart Apply System) is a variable rate spray system that can be fitted to air blast sprayers for use in tree and vine crops. Smart Apply uses a LiDAR sensor to map the canopy area and foliage density and can automatically adjust either the area sprayed, or the applied spray volume based on the canopy area and foliage density detected. The system uses this information to automatically control the amount of spray medium being applied to vine and tree crops. Canopy data collected by Smart Apply is uploaded to a web-based platform where a grower can access it for reporting and planning purposes. 

The Technology Provider

The precision spray technology that is the foundation of the Intelligent Spray Control System was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2018, Smart Apply was selected by USDA to commercialise the technology and in 2020, Smart Apply introduced the Intelligent Spray Control System to the market.
The Smart Apply System is sold through a large network of Smart Apply authorised dealers around the world. John Deere is an authorised dealer in Australia and provides a complete sales and support service, including installation and testing, as required by the grower

This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:

  • What the technology delivers
  • What is required from the farmer
  • How the technnology works
  • Current and potential applications of the technology
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

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Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.

Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative

The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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