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Precision technology in crop protection helping safeguard natural resources

The Precise Nature of Crop Protection

Becoming More Exact

A new era of crop protection has emerged in recent years. The disciplines of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced sensor technology are helping protect crops from weeds, insects, and devastating disease. Paired with the latest scientific research, these high-tech solutions provide an unprecedented level of control to crop protection. This precision technology offers many farmers—organic included—the ability to apply pesticides1 with greater accuracy and efficiency.

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Modern agriculture is making crop protection more precise.

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Computer Vision Sprayers

Similar to facial recognition software and self-driving technology, advanced spraying systems can discern between crops, weeds, and bodies of water. Through either GPS or computer vision software, this technology automatically shuts off the sprayer when over a pond or stream. Some advanced systems even provide individual control over each nozzle—allowing the operator to spray away from water sources, native plants, and nearby roads.

State-of-the-art crop protection technology automatically turns off to avoid overapplication.

Making Waves in Crop Protection

Self-steering tractors have long been a cornerstone of modern agriculture. An emerging area of autonomous technology called “auto-level” allows farmers to spray evenly as they traverse irregular terrain. Systems equipped with ultrasonic sensors send pulses of sound to the ground and measure how long it takes for these sound waves to bounce back. Using this data, sprayers can quickly adjust spray height to the optimal, most efficient angle.A

Sophisticated sensors help calculate the best angle to apply crop protection.

The scientists, researchers, and engineers of modern agriculture are constantly refining, optimizing, and improving crop protection technology. Striving for new heights in precision, these important tools help farmers apply the right amount, in the right place, at the right time. Over time, the data collected by these tools allow farmers to optimize every resource.

Practitioners of Precision

As precision application continues to evolve, farmers from around the world are embracing this new technology. The stewards of our soil harness advanced tools to apply crop protection with impressive accuracy. Farmers leverage their knowledge, experience, and sophisticated technology to ensure crop protection products end up precisely where intended. In this way, precision application is empowering farmers to further safeguard natural resources.  

Precision is helping the industry of modern agriculture preserve natural resources.

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When combined with the latest technology and leading scientific research, the experience and intuition of farmers can help protect crops while maintaining the local ecosystem. The stewardship of fresh water, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the preservation of native habitat can all benefit from precision application. Through progress in technology and innovation, modern agriculture is helping farmers care for the planet.

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