Solinftec unveils new weeding robot to reduce farm needs for chemical inputs

Solinftec unveils new weeding robot to reduce farm needs for chemical inputs
Solinftec unveils new weeding robot to reduce farm needs for chemical inputs

US and Brazil-based agricultural robotics startup Solinftec has unveiled its new Solix Sprayer robot that can autonomously detect and spray weeds in the field. The new ‘bot joins the Solix Scouting robot which is already in the fields in Brazil and the United States

Manufacturing, research and development company McKinney Corporation, which specializes in prototype work, will produce and manufacture the Solix Spray robot, which is expected to be commercially available in 2023.

Solinftec says its new offering can help farms reduce their chemical inputs and reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact.

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Spot-spray robotic weedkillers offer a more sustainable and cost-effective product for farms facing soaring input costs, supply chain challenges and an inflationary economic environment.

Solinftec’s Solix Spray robot applies spot spray applications to growers’ fields, as opposed to the old “spray and pray” method which is increasingly seen as wasteful and bad for the environment. The machine is powered by four solar panels that control the drive and spray systems; Solix can also provide farmer reports on crops, identify weeds, diseases and pests, and offer other data such as saved input analysis.

In a statement, Leonardo Carvalho, director of operations for Solinftec, said that weed detection is “a major problem in fields in North America” ​​and that the Solix sprayer can eliminate drift and social compaction caused by weeds. larger machines, helping to reduce the environmental impact of farms. .

The Solix sprayer can cover up to 96 acres per day “depending on the shape of the field and the terrain,” says Solinftec.

The company is currently running pilots for its two models in North America in partnership with the Growmark agricultural cooperative as well as Purdue University in the United States. In Canada, Solinftec works with Stone Farms and the University of Saskatchewan, while the Solix Scouting robot is made in Brazil by Hi-Mix Eletrônicos.

Editor’s note: The author of this article is Jennifer Marston. This story originally appeared on AgFunderNews.

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. Solinftec unveils new robot weedkiller for reduce the needs of farms inputs chemicals

. Solinftec unveils weeding robot reduce farm chemical inputs

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