Deere distributes smart sprayer

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Smart-Apply intelligent spray control system will be distributed Down Under by John Deere throughout 2021

Deere distributes smart sprayer
Pictured here in 2018, the Smart-Apply system uses light detection ranging (LiDAR) technology to calculate the exact amount of spray needed


A density-based intelligent spray control system for fruit and nut growers developed by Indiana-based Smart Guided Systems will be sold and serviced in Australia through John Deere dealers under a new global agreement, the company says.

Previously uniquely sold in Australia through Haeusler’s Equipment and BAPumps, the Smart-Apply system uses light detection ranging (LiDAR) technology in an after-market add-on for conventional air blast sprayers, towed after tractors in horticulture production.

The system senses the density of the target plant and the outline of the tree canopy in order to spray the exact amount necessary to cover it.

The system was awarded the Davidson Prize by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) last year. Check out our story here.

From 22 December 2020, it will be sold and serviced by John Deere dealers to not only assist farmers to guard against spray drift but also to reduce chemical use, for better environmental and economic performance.

John Deere Production System Manager, Stephanie Gersekowski, said the global agreement to distribute the technology, which also includes the United States and Canada, will help guard against spray drift and reduce chemical use, while maximising the potential for profit in horticultural enterprises.

"This innovative precision spraying solution can be used effectively in high value crops such as fruit and tree nut orchards, nurseries, and vineyards," Gersekowski says.

"The Smart-Apply system helps ensure only the canopy is sprayed and automatically adjusts spray volume based on the plant’s density per nozzle zone. This results in less wasted product and helps maintain agronomic efficiency for growers.

Smart Guided Systems chief executive officer Steve Booher says the deal will provide his company with access to world-class dealer channels and outstanding sales, service, and support to customers.

"The agreement gives our customers access to an innovative, field -proven precision-spraying control system for use in high-value specialty crops through a proven distribution channel," Mr Booher said.

Gersekowski said the agreement was in line with John Deere’s overarching goal to partner with farmers for a forward-thinking and prosperous agriculture sector by increasing the adoption of precision agriculture technology.

"As the sector strives to become more productive, profitable and sustainable, John Deere will continue its work as an industry leader in technological farming advancements," she says.

"Being the new home for the Smart-Apply Intelligent Control System is a big step towards ensuring leading AgTech can be used by all farming sectors."

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