Ultra-high precision smart sprayer hits U.S. market


Ecorobotix, a Swiss ag tech and AI software company, is showing off its brand-new smart sprayer at Farm Progress Show this week, at Decatur, Illinois.

The Application Release Automation, or ARA, uses what the company is calling advanced UHP-Sprayer and Plant-by-Plant AI-based software solution.

ARA was launched in 2021 by Ecorobotix in Switzerland, and has since grown to serve 13 European countries and most recently expanded geographically to Canada and South America.

In less than 250 milliseconds, the system “scans” the field, captures real-time imagery, identifies the specified crops or weeds the farmer has chosen to treat, and executes a spray precision of 2.4 by 2.4 inches, all while minimizing drift, the company says.

ARA’s primary application currently focuses on targeted herbicide treatments in vegetable fields, showcasing reduced phytotoxicity and enhanced overall crop yields. Ecorobotix says this reduces herbicide volumes by an impressive 70-95 per cent. Beyond herbicides, ARA’s versatility extends to the application of liquid fertilizers, growth treatments, insecticides, and pesticides, making its combination of precision & versatility unique in the market.

Aurelien Demaurex, Ecorobotic co-founder says expanding to the U.S. is a significant milestone for the company.

“We are eager to witness our innovative technology making a positive impact on agriculture worldwide,” he says.

Farmers can now place orders for the 2024 season.

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