Electric-powered weed control gets Fendt support

Eerka Lauwen and the E-Vario Weeder

Fendt’s E-Vario weeder concept presents a weeder that is optimized for combining with an electrically powered tractor.

What happens after a company develops an electric tractor and makes plans to bring it to market?

In the case of the Fendt e107 V Vario tractor, which made its public debut at Agritechnica, one of the jobs is to develop implements that are compatible with the new innovation — that’s where Eerka Lauwen and Lauwen Agro Engineering come in.

In this report from the recent ag innovation showcase in Hanover, Germany, Lauwen tells RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin how he set out to tackle a weed control challenge on his family farm with an in-furrow weeding system that eventually evolved in to a weeder concept for the electric-powered Fendt’s E-Vario  tractor.

The Fendt + Lauwen E-Vario weeder was one of five DLG-Agrifuture Concept winners at Agritechnica, which recognizes pioneering achievements and visions for the future in agricultural technology. The weeder incorporates electric-driven weeding modules that optimize power consumption. The modular set-up enables easy adaption to multiple farming conditions and crops.

Lauwen notes that AI-based plant and weed detection that utilizes on-board cameras for monitoring establish a foundation for full autonomy in the future. Watch the report below.

RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agritechnica is brought to you by Optimum GLY, a new canola trait technology from Corteva Agriscience.

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