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Many growers are on the fence when it comes to utilisation of variable-rate technology and this solution gives them a low-cost opportunity to see the clear ROI benefits for this crucial field management task. It allows you to see where the weeds are in the field before the sprayer hits the ground, thus increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the chemical mix.
The solution is currently priced at $4 per ha - this includes data collection and analysis. If the grower was to arrange data collection themselves the price will only be for Hummingbird's analysis and processing and costs will drop significantly
Data collection is via UAV (drone) that uses a multi-spectral sensor. Weeds identified and mapped into 5m x 5m prescription map that integrates with various types of sprayers and monitors. Uses deep learning techniques and in-house machine learning algorithms to analyse the image and detect the weeds in the field. The process then generates a variable-rate prescription map suitable for standard spray unit control boxes. The map is a binary on/off map that integrates with the boom sectional control. Hummingbird will send a drone pilot to fly the area, processes the imagery and produces a prescription map for the grower.
No ongoing maintenance. Account managers are boots-on-the-ground located in both Eastern and Western Australia. They are technical leads and will assist with taking you through the implementation process. Email and phone assistance is available at all times.
It requires internet to upload and process the imagery. The faster the connection the faster the process is of generating a map
All case studies have been undertaken in Western Australia
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