Working with universities

Exchanging knowledge and providing technical solutions

WEED-IT is very keen on sharing and exchanging knowledge and information on how to fulfil agricultural as well as societal needs for more sustainable food production. Fundamental research on this is often performed by specialised universities and institutions. WEED-IT supports such research wherever and whenever possible

In fact, WEED-IT originates from a research project at Wageningen University and Research (WUR), in The Netherlands. We are still actively exchanging knowledge and knowhow with WUR to help them with their research challenges such as the Next Fruit 4.0 project in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (part of Washington State University). The Next Fruit 4.0 project is concentrated on precision fruit farming and is investigating how applications can be performed more efficiently using among others PWM technology and high-precision prescription maps. Apart from this, we work in close cooperation with many renowned international agricultural universities and agronomists around the world.

 

Opportunities for interns and theses

When it comes to knowledge transfer, WEED-IT not only invests in knowhow and technology stacks. We engage in numerous internship and thesis opportunities for (mostly technical) high school and university students from Wageningen University and from other universities. Many of the interns and graduates choose to enrol in their first job at WEED-IT and most engineers not only grew up on a farm, they are graduates from Wageningen University as well.

 

Smart technology for soybean production (Brazil/Netherlands)

In this project, Brazilian and Dutch public and private partners work together on the development and implementation of technologies and know how to develop smart soybean production. WEED-IT is one of the private partners involved in this project headed by the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) and Wageningen University. Other project partners include among others Bioscope, Embrapa, Hiber, Stara and Syngenta Crop Protection. WEED-IT heads two so-called work packages in this research cooperation.

In work package 1, several algorithms for green-on-green applications WEED-IT Spot in Crop are investigated. Work package 4 investigates the use of variable rate application (VRA) for end-of season desiccation in soybeans. In 2023, it was found that major savings in herbicide usage for end-of-season desiccation in soybeans can be reached if WEED-IT is used to apply the herbicide based on the amount of living biomass present in the soybean canopy (crop density):

  • Very high savings are expected compared to an average blanket application rate of 1.3 l/ha
  • Two days after spraying, the water content of the crop was higher in the desiccated treatments compared to the control treatments

Chipping weeds mechanically (Australia)

The past four years, WEED-IT has been involved in the ‘mechanical weed chipper’ research project from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the University of Sydney (USYD). The project, funded by institutions such as the Grains Research and Development Corporation, resulted in the development of the so-called tactical tillage machine (video). A new machine intended to be used over summer as part of an integrated weed management system. The tactical tillage machine relies on WEED-IT’s Power of Fluorescence to detect individual weeds. That weed is then targeted by individually operated hydraulic tines that physically chip the weed out of the ground.

A new prototype of the weed chipper is under development with input from our business partner Rometron Australia. The research has also been awarded with the most outstanding paper for publications in the Weed Technology journal

Optimise crop care costs in soybeans (Brazil)​

This project in 2022 was aimed at quantifying the reduction of herbicides applied to soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) and maize (Zea mays L.) crops in several stages of the production cycle using WEED-IT technology in the Brazilian Cerrado region:

  • The cost reduction achieved using this technology was 2.3 times lower than the cost associated with pesticide application over the entire area using a conventional sprayer

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