In vegetable production, growers cultivate most of the bed leaving only a 4-inch wide uncultivated band around the seedline. Weeds not controlled by preemergent herbicides or cultural practices in the uncultivated band are ultimately controlled by hand. Labor costs have increased and availability has decreased in the last 4 – 5 years which has spurred grower interest in automated weeder technology. In the last two to three years, automated weeders have become available in the Salinas Valley. All current machines were developed and manufactured in Europe: the Robovator developed in Denmark by Poulsen Engineering and distributed by Pacific Ag Rentals (Salinas); the Steketee IC developed in the Netherlands and distributed by Sutton...
- Author: Steven Fennimore
Dear California Weeders
I just received this from Mark Siemens U of Arizona. Robovator the automated weeder has been recognized by ASABE. This technology has room to run and many fewer constraints than do herbicides. There are over a dozen robovators in operation in Arizona and California so this technology is having an impact. I hope that more of you will join in working on this technology because there is much more to do!
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