Intelligent Spray Control System
About the Technology
Smart Apply’s ‘Intelligent Spray Control System’ varies spray application rates according to crop canopy size and density and can be fitted to a grower’s existing tower spray unit.
LiDAR (pulsed laser) sensors mounted at the front of the unit detect the position, size and density of the tree canopy on either side of the unit as it is driven between rows. The spray application rate is adjusted via solenoid-controlled valves on the spray nozzles, based on the detected density of the canopy and tractor speed.
InformAg was engaged to trial the Conservis farm management software package for two large family-run agribusinesses (a strawberry grower and a macadamia grower) in the Bundaberg region. InformAg also provided the system set-up and modifications, historical data entry and training services. Both growers trialed Conservis for approximately 4-5 months following this set up phase, with the system in use during both harvest seasons for each crop across multiple farm locations.
This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:
- What the technology is
- How the trial was done
- Cost/benefit analysis
- Grower feedback
- Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology
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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