BY SPRAYING ONLY WEEDS IN FALLOW GROUND, SEE & SPRAY SELECT CAN HELP FARMERS REDUCE NONRESIDUAL, PREEMERGENCE HERBICIDE USE BY 77%.
Making every pass in the field more economically feasible and optimizing the systems with which they farm is paramount for farmers. To help farmers achieve that, John Deere is investing in technology that ensures every plant has an equal opportunity to be as robust as it can be in the field while using the least amount of inputs possible.
SEE & SPRAY SELECT
Acquired by John Deere in 2017, See & Spray uses computer vision and machine learning to precisely spray herbicides only where weeds are present.
“From a functional as well as a value standpoint, See & Spray technology is a great building block in helping farmers reduce chemical use, and spot on with where we wanted to invest,” says Julian Sanchez, director, emerging technology, John Deere.
The company’s first commercially available product based on the acquistion, See & Spray Select can help farmers reduce nonresidual, preemergence herbicide use by 77% on average by targeting and spraying only weeds on fallow ground. The technology also lets farmers use more expensive and complex tank mixes more efficiently than those that are broadcast, improving the ability to control herbicide-resistant weeds at a lower cost.
“Farmers battling herbicide resistance in their fields can now utilize more expensive and complex tank mixes and achieve a more effective weed kill at a lower cost than they could in the past because they are only applying products on targeted weeds vs. the entire field,” says Joel Basinger, marketing manager for John Deere. “Research has shown that weeds sprayed with complex tank mixes with more than two modes of action are 83 times less likely to develop herbicide resistance.”
A 400 or 600 Series sprayer equipped with See & Spray Select, which is built on the bedrock of John Deere ExactApply, gives farmers two effective, time-saving sprayers in a single machine.
“If the job requires it, an operator can easily switch to broadcast spraying without leaving the sprayer’s cab,” Basinger says. “When finished with fallow spot spraying and a postemergence broadcast application then needs to be made with the same tank mix, John Deere ExactApply can be used, which saves up to 5% in broadcast chemical costs.”
The See & Spray Select option is available on model year 2022 and newer John Deere 400 and 600 Series sprayers, which includes the 408R, 410R, 412R, 612R, and 616R.
As the company helps farmers transition from field to zone to row to individual plant spraying, Basinger says spot spraying fallow ground is only the beginning for this technology.
“John Deere continues to work on future solutions to meet additional customer needs beyond See & Spray Select,” he says. “These solutions leverage foundational See & Spray technology to provide value for both preemerge and postemerge applications in crops like corn, soybeans, and cotton.”
See & Spray Select can be ordered beginning June 2. Contact your local dealer or visit JohnDeere.com to learn more.