Performance and Cost Benefit of Optical Spot Spraying Technologies in Conventional, Dryland farming in Western Canada
Optical spot spraying technology is becoming increasingly popular in Western Canada. With enhancements in the practicality and user-friendliness of this technology, accompanied by purported benefits such as the ability to effectively reduce overall chemical usage, optical spot spraying is seemingly a feasible, viable option for farmers in modern day agriculture. Olds College is currently in the second year of an applied research project focused on testing and evaluating the performance and impacts associated with WEED-IT Quadro precision spraying technology. Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) will share the outcomes and learnings from the evaluation of this technology over the past year. In addition, this session will feature details pertaining to current and future field trials, including pre-seed spray treatments, weed assessment protocols and procedures, remote sensing yield predictions, through to the intercomparison of the effects of the different pre-seed spray treatments on yield at harvest.