University of Arizona Extension Uses Technology to “Weed” Out the High Costs
As more and more farmers are faced with rising operating costs and labor shortages, new options must be made available to help producers maintain production yields. Especially as organic farmers cannot use chemicals to treat weeds on their farms, farmers are stumped on alternative options.
The University of Arizona Extension has created a new machine that will integrate technology with farming. A prototype of the new weeding machine will be able to remove weeds without contaminating the crops in any way, making sure farmers can improve profitability, sustainability, and environmental integrity of produce systems.
The machine uses a camera-based system to differentiate between crops and weeds – see more about how the technology works here.