U of A to host automated weeding and thinning demonstration

Agmechtronix mechanical lettuce thinnerTechnology experts and businesses from throughout the West Coast and beyond will gather at a University of Arizona-sponsored field day Oct. 24 in Yuma to demonstrate the latest automated weeding and thinning technologies.

The 7:30 a.m. workshop will be held at the Yuma Agricultural Center, 6425 West 8th St. The event will be recognized for continuing education credit in both Arizona and California.

As part of the workshop:

  • Nick Copass, Keithly-Williams Fabrication, Inc., Yuma, and Ryan Herbon, Agmechtronix, LLC, Silver City, N.M., will discuss the Agmechtronix automated row crop thinner
  • Matt Watson, Mantis Ag Technology, Gonzalez, Calif., will cover the latest in visual recognition technology for row crop farming.
  • Tony Koselka, Vision Robotics, Corp., San Diego, will discuss thinning lettuce with robotic vision technology.
  • Christian Kirchhoff, K.U.L.T. – Kress, Gmbr., Vaihingen an der Enz, Germany, and Sam Hitchcock Tilton, K.U.L.T – Kress, LLC, New Holland, Pa., will talk about precision and in-row mechanical weeding.
  • Pete Davey, Sutton Ag Enterprises, Inc., Salinas, Calif., will cover labor-saving cultivar guidance systems.
  • David Fountain, Solex Corp., Dixon, Calif., will highlight the Garford RoboCrop Weeder/Thinner, a camera-guided system with new and improved electric motor rotors.
  • Mark Siemens, Dept. of Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona, will discuss high-precision in-row weeding.
  • Isaac Olivia, Pacific Ag Rentals, LLC, Salinas, Calif., will highlight the Robovator, an automated in-line weeding solution.
  • Nicholas Bahr, Keithly-Willams Fabrication, Inc., Yuma, Ariz., will talk about automated transplanting.
  • Thomas Palomares, Farmwise Labs, Inc., San Francisco, will highlight an autonomous vegetable weeder.

Growers are invited to see the latest technologies demonstrated and talk with company representatives.