TWO NEW TECHNIQUES TO CONTROL BROAD-LEAVED DOCK

Electric weeding

Medium size robot. Operation through farm contractor.

  • Farmer notifies contractor that needs to clean pasture.
  • Contractor brings a robot, set it in motion and leaves.
  • Using Galileo, robot traverses the entire pasture systematically and autonomously.
  • Weed killed with a high-voltage electric shock.
  • Once finished, robot notifies the contractor to come and pick it up.
  • Laser weeding

    Small and less expensive robot. Farmer operates its own robot.

  • Farmer owns a small robot and deploys on each pasture when needed (several times during a growing season).
  • The first time, robot traverses the entire pasture to search for weeds. Robot degrades the weed by removing its leaves using laser.
  • Galileo is used to record the location of the weeds.
  • Weed killed with a high-voltage electric shock.
  • In ongoing robot deployments, stored locations of weeds are used to move from weed to weed.

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