Improving Multi-Point Direct Chemical Injection for Boom Sprayers
This year’s AGCO SCOPE team developed a method for quick chemical changeover on boom sprayers to improve pesticide targeting in fields. Most current boom sprayers restrict farmers to spraying a single pesticide cocktail over a large area. This method wastes water, chemicals and time while potentially exposing the operator to dangerous active ingredients during refilling. Furthermore, due to increased pesticide resistances, a single pesticide cocktail is no longer effective against all pests and may in fact be detrimental to crops. Existing direct injection systems have serious latency issues that have prevented widespread adoption. The 2014-2015 AGCO SCOPE team addressed this by designing, building and analyzing a proof-of-concept for a multi-point direct chemical injection system.