Working towards a “ high-precision” sprayer: continuing tests next spring
Beyond the proven qualities of TRAXX, the main objective of both EXXACT Robotics and Montrose is to continue its development towards a high-precision spraying function. A second phase will be implemented at the Château in the spring of 2022. This time the autonomous straddle tractor will be equipped with the necessary components for “tailored” spraying. These tests will allow us to verify that it meets the expectations of Montrose. Increasing the windows of opportunity in the vineyard, day or night use including at week-ends, reducing the exposure of team members to spraying, improving the protection of the vineyard with intervention made possible whatever the weather and soil conditions or reducing re-entry intervals which in turn will improve the succession of mechanised operations, are all highly important features for the technical team. The perspective is that of an intelligent tractor able to pilot a high-technology sprayer to perform tailored, accurate spraying, adjusted according to leaf area, presence of disease or plot sensitivity. Applying just the right dose, in the right place and at the right time, appears to be a sustainable solution to meet the current and future challenges facing viticulture, if its aim is to be respectful of both the environment and people.