AMAZONE UX SmartSprayer
Spot Farming at the highest level now in field use
AMAZONE started practical field trials of the UX 5201 SmartSprayer trailed sprayer with its 36 metre boom during the spring season 2021. The pinpoint application of foliar herbicides is carried out "green in green" in real time during the day-to-day spraying activities of a large arable farm.
SmartSprayer technology for more sustainability
The camera technology from Bosch detects weeds in row crops and the xarvio™ agronomic decision-making engine (ADE) from BASF Digital Farming Solutions decides on the application. Full-area application of soil-contacting herbicides from an additional tank is also possible on the same pass with a twin line system.
Successful field use
Field trials to date show that the use of this technology reduces herbicide use by up to 90 % in individual treatments, depending on the weed pressure and field conditions. Extensive field trials this year in sugar beet, maize and rape will further qualify the benefits of this technology.
A new generation of booms
The newly developed high-tech sprayer boom has the camera and lighting modules integrated in such a way that they are ready for field use and ensures precise spot application via the ContourControl active boom guidance system and the SwingStop active vibration damping system, which is unique on the market. The combination of individually switched pulse width frequency modulation (PWFM) valves and specially coordinated agrotop spot fan nozzles at a 25 cm nozzle spacing ensures precise spot application and maximum saving potential at working speeds of up to 12 km/h.
Exact image recognition
Bosch’s image recognition system detects any weeds in milliseconds at a very early growth stage, in order to apply herbicides to the target surface with high precision and efficacy. The specially developed LED lighting technology provides support in difficult ambient conditions such as with shadows and, of course, at night. Another advantage of the integrated SmartSprayer solution is its superiority over satellites and drones, as plants are detected to pinpoint accurcy, making real-time applications possible.
xarvio™ agronomic decision-making engine
The best field-specific setting and the recommended herbicide mixture for the SmartSprayer system and when they should be used are based on the advanced xarvio™ agronomic decision-making engine (ADE) from BASF Digital Farming. Various parameters such as cropping, weed spectrum and weather conditions, are automatically taken from xarvio™ FIELD MANAGER, processed to create a decision and transferred to the SmartSpraying system in line with good agricultural practice of integrated plant protection. This ensures that the herbicide application is carried out at the right place, the right time and at the right intensity.
A look at the future
Together with Bosch and BASF Digital Farming, AMAZONE has carried out a wide range of research activities and implemented them in a marketable product with its interdisciplinary know-how. The gradual market introduction of this pioneering SmartSprayer technology, which is unique worldwide in its technical possibilities and system approach, will take place in the coming years.
The advantages at a glance:
- Instructions for action are based on the enormous volume of data held by the xarvio decision-making engine
- Real-time system with extremely small application zones
- Maximum precision even at large boom widths in conjunction with active boom guidance and active swing damping
- Technology ready for practical use
- Enormous potential for savings on plant protection agents