Innovations in orchard spraying: sensor guided precision sprayers

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The reduction of the emission of plant protection products (PPP) to the environment is an important issue when applying agrochemicals in fruit growing in the Netherlands. In the last years several strategies and innovations have been developed in order to come to a practical spray application solution that results in a reduction in spray drift, reduction in total amount of plant protection products used, together with an efficacy at the same or an increased level as of conventional orchard spraying. The innovations consisted of combining sensor signals, decision algorithms, and actuators in the integrated automated spray technology. The advances of canopy density based spraying in pear was foreseen at the points of: no spraying where gaps were detected in the crop foliage; reduced spraying when minimal crop foliage was present, optimal spraying where large amounts of crop foliage was present.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Integrated Fruit Production at Kusadasi (Turkey), 07 – 12 October, 2012
EditorsC. Ioratti, F. Altindisli, J. Borve, L. Escudero-Colomar, A. Lucchi, F. Molinari
Place of PublicationKusadasi, Turkey
PublisherInternational Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control_ Working Group "Integrated Protection of Fruit Crops"
ISBN (Print)9789290672692
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIntegrated protection of fruit crops, Kudasi, Turkey -
Duration: 7 Oct 201212 Oct 2012


ConferenceIntegrated protection of fruit crops, Kudasi, Turkey

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