International Sugar Journal

Weed control in sugar beet with autonomous hoeing and precision spot spraying [Full subscriber]

Abstract Herbicide usage reduction is called for in the EU’s Green Deal and Farm-to-Fork strategy. New developments in autonomous weed control have led to the first robots for practical use in organic farming, such as the sowing and weeding robot FarmDroid FD 20. They can significantly reduce manual weeding by hoeing not just between the rows, but also within the rows. However, hoeing is not an option where weeds are within a short distance of a crop plant to avoid possible damage to it. Under these circumstances, the use an intelligent spot-spray system such as the one developed by Amazone…

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