This Intelligent Sprayer, demonstrated at Hans Nelson Nursery in Boring, Oregon, uses lasers and an on-board computer to precisely control where and how much pesticide to spray. The Intelligent Sprayer precisely focuses on crops to reduce the amount of pesticides applied to crops. A high-speed laser scanner calculates the crop in the field and guides the pesticide to where it is needed. The sprayer matches the pesticide output to the canopy size and leaf density of the crop in real-time. Such precise applications can significantly reduce pesticide use and reduce contamination of the surrounding environment. The Intelligent Sprayer is being tested in Oregon, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture,and The Ohio State University, and University of Tennessee.
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