Image analysis for targeted herbicide application

Image analysis for targeted herbicide application

Challenge


Herbicides are commonly used in crop fields to optimize the yield. However, in addition to being costly, these chemicals have detrimental effects on the environment.

Is there a more efficient and less damaging way to control weeds with herbicides?

Solution


Yes,there is: What if you could spray herbicide just on the parts of the field that contain weeds? This would significantly reduce the amount of herbicide required.

Through image analysis, experts at AIworx were able to gain an understanding of the weeds and crops and then discriminate the plants based on their geometric appearance. The provided solution correctly classifies 94 percent of corn and soybean plants and 85 percent of weeds (multiple species) without any prior knowledge.

Results


Better use of herbicides means:

  • Less damage to the environment
  • Less cost to farmers