The high-tech weeding machines cutting herbicide use

The high-tech weeding machines cutting herbicide use

Feb 27, 2023 by BBC News - Technology

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  • Image source, John Deere Image caption, John Deere's See & Spray Ultimate sprayer is fitted with 36 cameras along its entire length No-one likes weeding, but new technology is helping farmers around the world tackle weeds in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way.
  • His comments echo a 2021 study which said that the annual financial impact of weeds on just one specific crop - winter wheat in the US and Canada - could total $2.2bn (£1.8bn).
  • Image source, Sven Kleinewoerdemann Image caption, Bosch BASF Smart Farming's technology works in a similar way to John Deere's Flying around 10ft (3m) above the ground, the precision spraying drones can bring peace of mind, says Mr McCann.
  • "There is a need for substantive financial subsidies that could help farmers overcome the initial lack of cost-effectiveness of digital technologies," says Prof Mihalis Kritikos, policy analyst at the European Parliament, and an expert on the legal and ethical aspects of new and emerging technologies.

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