John Deere is moving further into precision spaying of specialty crops with an alliance with an innovator of intelligent control systems.
The company has entered into an allied distribution agreement with Smart Guided Systems to sell and support its Smart-Apply Intelligent Control System through the John Deere dealer channel in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. John Deere dealers will sell and service the Smart-Apply Intelligent Control System which uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and is compatible with John Deere tractors used in high-value crop applications.
The Smart-Apply Intelligent Spray Control System is an add-on kit for air-blast sprayers that are towed behind a John Deere tractor. Smart-Apply can reduce the potential for chemical drift and help decrease the amount of product being applied. “We are excited to offer this innovative precision spraying solution to our customers for use with their John Deere tractors in high-value crop applications such as fruit and tree nut orchards, nurseries, and vineyards,” said Greg Christensen, Go-To-Market manager for John Deere.
“The Smart-Apply system will help ensure that only the canopy gets sprayed and automatically adjusts spray volume based on plant density per nozzle zone. This results in less wasted product while positively contributing to environmental sustainability, maximizing potential profit, and maintaining agronomic efficacy for our growers.”
According Steve Booher, CEO of Smart Guided Systems the agreement gives the company access to John Deere’s large dealer network. “The agreement gives our customers access to an innovative, field-proven precision-spraying control system for use in high-value specialty crops through a proven distribution channel,” Booher said.