The Solinftec Solix robot sprayer uses the sun to automatically detect and spray weeds
The new Solix Sprayer robot, designed to detect and spray weeds, will be available in 2023. It will also provide users with spot weed spray maps with analysis on the amount of inputs saved compared to spraying weeds. whole field.
Solix Ag Robotics uses Solinftec’s “ALICE AI” platform, which orchestrates machine operations to align with grower goals. The system was developed with McKinney Corporation, an award-winning R&D company that will handle manufacturing.
Pilot versions working in North America
Several pilot versions of the machine are currently operating in North America – in the United States in partnership with the GROWMARK agricultural cooperative and Purdue University, and in Canada, in partnership with Stone Farms and the University of Saskatchewan.
It can service up to 96 acres per day depending on field shape and terrain.
Solinftec is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil and West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. It was founded in 2007. The company has over 15 years of experience in developing digital crop production systems for various regions and cultures around the world.
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Both autonomous and durable
The Solix Sprayer robot is similar to the Solix Scouting robot, commercially available in Brazil since April 2022, and is powered by four solar panels that control the drive system and the spray system.
Onboard AI software continuously collects information on crop populations, weed identification and density, disease identification and extent, insect identification and thresholds, identification and nutrient deficiency density, NDVI and more.
“The Solix sprayer is designed not only to monitor and analyze fields like the original scout version, but also to detect and manage weeds with technology that allows the device to spray pointwise into the plant rather than through the high,” said Leonardo Carvalho, director of Solinftec. operations in the press release, “eliminating drift and compaction caused by larger machines”.
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More automated weed identification
Taranis, also based in Indiana with offices in Brazil and Israel, offers a drone-based AI software system that also performs weed identification and provides recommendations for spot spraying and more.
Their system has sub-millimeter image resolution that distinguishes between different types of weeds, insect damage, disease damage and various types of nutrient deficiencies. Imagery also includes satellite imagery.
In March 2022, Taranis announced an expanded partnership with drone service provider Drone Nerds and drone manufacturer DJI. This will enable Taranis to achieve large-scale operational efficiency and increase its acreage for agricultural retailers, cooperatives and farmers.