In the realm of grassland management, the persistent presence of blunt-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) poses a significant challenge for farmers. This robust weed outcompetes valuable grasses and herbs, while its seeds can linger in the soil for up to 50 years, complicating effective management strategies. Traditional approaches to dock control, such as manual or widespread herbicide application, often prove labor-intensive and may inadvertently harm desirable vegetation.

Enter RumboJet, an innovative camera-based system developed by German startup Allgäu Automation to revolutionize dock weed control. Launched in 2021, the RumboJet 880 represents the latest advancement in this technology. Unlike conventional sprayers, the RumboJet 880 utilizes six multispectral cameras that capture extensive data at an impressive rate of 90 images per second. These cameras, along with sophisticated computing algorithms, enable precise detection of dock weeds beneath the spray bar. By analyzing the outline and leaf structure of the plants, the system activates the appropriate nozzles to deliver targeted herbicide application. Furthermore, each section of the RumboJet 880 is equipped with a tarpaulin enclosure to mitigate wind drift and ensure consistent lighting conditions, maximizing the effectiveness of the spray application.

With its cutting-edge technology and precision-driven approach, RumboJet offers farmers a sustainable and efficient solution to the persistent challenge of blunt-leaved dock control, ushering in a new era of weed management in grasslands.

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Photo: RumboJet 880 and the results,  Source: Innovation Farm and  Allgäu Automation website: 

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