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HDC precision herbicide research moves towards commercialisation

HDC precision herbicide research moves towards commercialisation

 

Precision technology that will allow reduced herbicide use by accurately identifying and spot-spraying weeds, developed from research funded by the Horticultural Development Company (HDC), is to go into commercial production.

 

The prototype device combines an innovative image analysis-based system for identifying a variety of weeds in row crops, coupled with a choice of two precision spraying modules to directly apply herbicide either to single spots or to small patches of weeds. The technology is based on evidence from HDC project FV 307a, Reducing herbicide use in row crops with targeted application methods treating detected weeds in small patches or spots.

 

“We looked at how combining new spray technologies with vision guidance techniques can deliver targeted application of selective or total herbicides,” explains lead researcher, Dr Paul Miller of Silsoe Spray Applications Unit. “The results showed high precision for spot application to weeds in onions, leeks and sugar beet—an advance on an earlier technique pioneered to develop spot application of glyphosate to volunteer potatoes in onions and carrots.”

 

Speaking on behalf of Garford Farm Machinery, which is to commercialise the technology, Philip Garford said, “Results from field experiments have showed that this technology has great potential to benefit field vegetable growers all over the UK. We are pleased to be working with the research team to develop the device into a commercially viable product.” Leek grower Patrick Allpress of Allpress Farms added, “Growers are always under pressure to reduce chemical use, so we welcome the development of this device that could eliminate the need for broadcast herbicide application.”

 

The HDC funds projects to support the commercial development and sustainability of the UK’s horticultural crop sectors. HDC Knowledge Transfer Manager, Rosie Atwood, said, “Providing value for money for levy payers is at the heart of everything we do. We’re excited that this research has led to the commercial development of a practical, useful tool that will not only cut costs for field vegetable growers while maintaining effective weed control, but will also reduce the impact of chemicals on the environment.”

 

Another success of the project is that the glyphosate-based herbicide ‘Roundup Energy’ (Monsanto UK) has recently secured approval for an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU). This EAMU (0354/2013) now allows UK growers of various tuber, root and bulb crops to use ‘Roundup Energy’ as a spot-sprayed, inter-row herbicide.

 

For full advisory information for use and restrictions, please view or download the EAMU from the CRD website. A Growers Summary and full reports for project FV 307a can be found by searching by project number at www.hdc.org.uk.

  

LAMMA 2014 : Multi Award Winning Garford Robocrop Spot Sprayer

LAMMA 2014 : Multi Award Winning Garford Robocrop Spot Sprayer

 

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, the Deeping based farm machinery manufacturer, enjoyed a good couple of days at the recent LAMMA2014 show, walking away with 2 major awards for their Robocrop Spot Sprayer;  

 

Garford are delighted to come away from LAMMA 2014 with another double award through the LAMMA 2014 awards for Innovation competition.

 

The Robocrop Spot Sprayer was awarded both the Maurice High Trophy for Best New Product or Innovation at Lamma 14 and the IAgrI Ivel Award for the Best New Product or Innovation – Environmental. The awards come 5 years after winning the same awards for the Robocrop InRow Weeder.  Philip Garford, Managing Director, commented “being a LAMMA exhibitor since almost the start of the show , LAMMA Awards are always that bit more special to us at Garfords and we are thrilled to receive both awards”.

 

The Spot Sprayer is the latest in the Garford Robocrop Family utilising the Robocrop imaging system which in the case of the spot sprayer firstly defines the position of the crop and then looks for clumps of weeds growing between or amongst the row which it then targets with a special jet of weedkiller in order to kill the weed but avoid contact with the crop. In this way problem weeds can be controlled with extremely low rates compared to overall spraying, often only 1 or 2% of the overall rate.

 

The Robocrop Spot Sprayer has been in development over the last few years by Garfords technology partners, Tillett Hague Technology, prompted by the impending withdrawal of key herbicides particularly those used for volunteer potato control in onion and carrot crops.

 

The technique could be employed in other crops where a regular crop row structure can be identified and clumps of problem weeds exist.

 

As well as development of the image analysis software the project also involved the design and development of a special fluidic nozzle, in conjunction with Hypro EU Ltd, to provide an accurately directed jet of spray composed of a very narrow range droplet size in order to avoid splash off or drift.

 

The Spot Sprayer is currently available in sizes up to 6mtr working width and working speeds of 7kph are normal.

 

Cereals 2014 : Gold Award for the Garford Robocrop Spot Sprayer

Cereals 2014 : Gold Award for the Garford Robocrop Spot Sprayer

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, exhibiting at the Cereals 2014 event, were hugely encourgaged to be awarded the Gold IMMA Award for their Robocrop Spot Sprayer

The award was received for Innovation in the Sprayer category, in this new competition organised by the Cereals Event and supported by the Agricultural Engineers Association, IAgrE, the Royal Agricultural University and Farmers Weekly.  The competition aims to reward companies who have produced machines that show particular innovation, effectiveness and value and Garford's Robocrop Spot Sprayer was seen as an emerging innovation. 

TheRobocrop Spot Sprayer is the latest in the Garford Robocrop Family utilising the Robocrop imaging system which in the case of the spot sprayer firstly defines the position of the crop and then looks for clumps of weeds growing between or amongst the row which it then targets with a special jet of weedkiller in order to kill the weed but avoid contact with the crop.  In this way problem weeds can be controlled with extrememly low rates compared to overall spraying, often only 1 or 2% of the overall rate. 

On receiving the award from the IMMA Chris Lunn, Export Sales Manager, said, "It is a great honour for the family owned business to be presented with this award and is the result of many years of building high quality precision weed control machines for the professional farmer.  The Robocrop Spot Sprayer takes the control of weeds to a higher level with minimum chemical use to the benefit of the farmer, the consumer and the environment". 

The Robocrop Spot Sprayer has been in development over the last few years by Garfords technology partners, Tillett Hague Technology, prompted by the impending withdrawal of key herbicides particularly those used for volunteer potato control in onion and carrot crops.

Philip Garford, Managing Director, commented "This type of intelligent chemical applicator is likely to play an ever increasing part in world agriculture as the armoury of selective herbicides become further depleted and herbicide resistance increases.  The environmental benefits is also considerable".

The technique could be employed in other crops where a regular crop row structure can be identified and clumps of problem weeds exist.

As well as development of the image analysis software the project also involved the design and development of a special fluidic nozzle, in conjunction with Hypro EU Ltd, to provide an accurately directed jet of spray composed of a very narrow range droplet size in order to avoid splash off or drift.

 

The Spot Sprayer is currently available in sizes up to 6mtr working width and working speeds of 7kph are normal.

   

Garford Farm Machinery visit the Duchy Home Farm, Gloucestershire 2nd June, 2011

On the 2nd June, 2011 Garford Farm Machinery staff were lucky enough to visit HRH The Prince of Wales, Duchy Home Farm in Gloucestershire.

Greeted by Mr David Wilson, the Farm Manager at Broadfield Farm, staff had a very informative talk on the development of organic farming practices over the years at the Duchy Home Farm.

The Highgrove Estate was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall in 1980, consisting then of three blocks of land, totalling 340 acres immediately around the House. Broadfield Farm (420 acres) was added in 1985 and David Wilson appointed manager. The conversion to an organic farming system began in 1986. Stock and machinery were bought, a grain store erected and more land added in 1989, 1991 and 2005, to make up the current in-hand total of 1,120 acres. Over the last 13 years a further 800 acres of share farmed land in five separate agreements have also been added bringing the total area farmed to over 1900 acres.

The initial approach to conversion was cautious and gradual, but in 1990 His Royal Highness decided the whole farm should be converted. The sheep flock was converted to organic management by 1991 and the dairy stock by 1993. Milk yields improved and economic performance was acceptable even before premium prices became available. The whole farm obtained organic symbol status in 1996. The estate now comprises three areas of land around Tetbury; Broadfield Farm to the north east, land at Doughton to the southwest and a small block at Westonbirt.

Garford Farm Machinery was hugely grateful for the time taken to show us around the Duchy Home Farm which was fascinating and extremely enjoyable. With the elimination of various herbicides already in operation and a government steer to increase croppage by a further 40% by 2015, the Duchy Home Farm was certainly a showcase for organic farming methods.

 

Notes for Editors:

Garford Farm Machinery has been established since 1986 and currently employs 21 local staff at their base in Frognall, Deeping St James.  They are committed to developing and producing the technology based equipment to help the modern farmer secure an environmentally sustainable future.

 

For further information contact:  

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, Hards Lane, Frognall, Deeping St James, Peterborough  PE6 8RL

Tel: 01778 342642

Fax: 01778 348949  

Email: info@garford.com

Web: www.garford.com

Royal Visit to Garford Farm Machinery by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Garford Farm Machinery on Thursday, 10th March to meet management and staff involved in the production of their Queen’s Award winning product, the Robocrop InRow Weeder.

Garford Farm Machinery based at Frognall, Deeping St James, was officially honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise last year.  The company was recognised for outstanding achievement in innovation, for their product the Robocrop InRow Weeder. As a follow-up to this, HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited the factory to see at first hand the many advantages of the machine, built for the way forward in the environmental field.

The Royal visit started with HRH being introduced by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Tony Worth, to Philip Garford, Managing Director of Garford Farm Machinery, who went on to give background information on the small, family-run firm. Norman Garford, founder of the company in 1986 and Ted Chamberlain, former partner, were also introduced to HRH and were able to explain their early work in developing and manufacturing Skew Bar toppers, an improved piece of machinery for the sugar beet farmer.

Michael Garford, Design and Technical Director, explained to The Duke the initial work which goes into designing new machinery, he was then able to see the transfer of this to the factory for the manufacturing process.  The Duke later met staff and discussed their direct involvement in the manufacturing and assembly of the Robocrop InRow Weeder, along with other machinery in the Garford range.  There was also bygone machinery on show made by the family, dating back to the 1950s.

Reflecting on the visit, Philip Garford, Managing Director, said “It was a huge honour for us all to get the opportunity to show HRH what is involved in making a machine like the Robocrop InRow Weeder and I hope he found the visit of interest”. “We are determined to grow the business in the future and continue to make technology-based equipment to help the modern farmer to secure an environmentally sustainable future”.

The revolutionary Robocrop InRow Weeder is the first commercial machine to use vision analysis techniques to manage weed removal between vegetable plants.  With environmental practices high on the agenda and with European legislation eroding the armoury of herbicides available to vegetable growers, the Robocrop InRow Weeder shows the way ahead with mechanical weeding. 

Before leaving HRH unveiled a plaque to mark his visit. Janet Garford, Finance Director, commented “It had been a privilege to have HRH Duke of Gloucester visit our small family-run business. We hope he got a good insight into the very committed and dedicated work carried out by our local staff, many of whom have worked for the company for many years”.

 

Technical Information

The Robocrop InRow Weeder uses digital cameras and image analysis to locate crop plants and uses this information to control special weeding discs which hoe the area between the plants in order to kill competing weeds.  This process is beneficial in breaking up the soil and improving plant growth, with many vegetable growers claiming considerable growth stimulation.  Consumers are therefore able to buy produce grown without the use of herbicides whilst at the same time the grower is able to maintain profitable production.

 

In detail

A digital video camera views the crop area (up to 2 mtrs square) just ahead of the weeder.

A computer analyses the images at 25 frames per second looking for clusters of green pixels.

The pattern of green pixel clusters is compared to a predetermined grid which relates to the nominal crop row width and in row plant spacings. 

A best match scenario is determined between image and predetermined grid.

The individual plant positions are tracked as they travel down through the image.

The computer monitors and controls the position of specially designed weeding rotors, which loop around the plants as they pass by.

Adjustment is provided to set the proximity of the weeding action to the plants.

The vision system also steers the complete weeder via soil engaging discs.

Weeding efficiency of up to 98% surface area is completed by fixed inter row shares.

 

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Directors greet the Duke of Gloucester

 

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Duke of Gloucester talks with Michael Garford and Norman Garford

 

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Garford staff with the Duke of Gloucester

 

Notes for Editors:

Garford Farm Machinery has been established since 1986 and currently employs 21 local staff at their base in Frognall, Deeping St James.  They are committed to developing and producing the technology based equipment to help the modern farmer secure an environmentally sustainable future.

 

For further information contact:  

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, Hards Lane, Frognall, Deeping St James, Peterborough  PE6 8RL

Tel: 01778 342642

Fax: 01778 348949  

Email: info@garford.com

Web: www.garford.com

Civics turn out to honour Garford Farm Machinery

Garford Farm Machinery were officially honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category, on Tuesday this week (7th September) in a full civic ceremony at their premises in Deeping St James. Garford were independently judged a worthy winner of the award, which recognises outstanding achievement in innovation, for their product the Robocrop InRow Weeder.

The Queens’ representative, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Mr Tony Worth and Deputy Lieutenant Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dodworth were in full regalia to perform the ceremony together with a host of civic guests from the county, including the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Mr John Godfrey CBE. The ceremony, involving the presentation of the Grant of Appointment to Philip Garford (Managing Director), Michael Garford (Design & Technical Director) and Janet Garford (Finance Director), followed a tour of the factory where the Robocrop InRow Weeder and other products are manufactured. Norman Garford, founder of the company, and who can still be found working at the factory on a daily basis, was on hand to give background information on the machines on display along with the locally employed staff. They also had examples of community involvement events which the company supports and bygone machinery made by the family, dating back to the 1950s.

On presenting the Award, Mr Tony Worth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire said, “Out of 414 applications for this award in 2010 only 38 received it of which Garford is one. This illustrates how prestigious and very rare the award is and if anyone gets it they really do deserve it because they have done something very special”. He went on to say “On being here today you really do appreciate the effort and thought gone into the machinery at Garford Farm Machinery”.

Garford were recognised for the Award in an announcement by the Queen’s Award Office on 21 April this year and following this they attended a Reception at Buckingham Palace where Philip Garford and Janet Garford were presented to the Queen.

The revolutionary product is the first commercial machine to use vision analysis techniques to manage weed removal between vegetable plants. With environmental practices high on the agenda and with European legislation eroding the armoury of herbicides available to vegetable growers, the Robocrop InRow Weeder shows the way ahead with mechanical weeding.

The Robocrop InRow Weeder uses digital cameras and image analysis to locate crop plants and then uses this information to control special weeding discs which hoe the area between the plants in order to kill competing weeds. This process is also beneficial in breaking up the soil and so improve plant growth, with many vegetable growers claiming considerable growth stimulation. Consumers are therefore able to buy produce grown without the use of herbicides whilst at the same time the grower is able to maintain profitable production.

The Lord-Lieutenant commented “the like of the special piece of machinery which Garford have designed are being developed right the way through agriculture today. With the use of technology available, and adapting that technology into designs, it makes life easier for us all to be able to compete with the rest of the world”. He went on to say “I congratulate you all on what you have done and hope that one day you will be in even bigger premises so that you are able to make more marvellous machinery like the Robocrop InRow Weeder.

Garford are thrilled to be recognised for their achievement and Philip Garford, Managing Director, said “Originally farmers ourselves, we feel privileged to be able to bring our products into action for farmers in this country and abroad. When we can help growers, shoppers and the environment, that is always a bonus”. He went on to pay tribute to the dedicated commitment of the staff, many of whom have been with the company for many years and live locally.

 

Technical Information

The Robocrop InRow Weeder is the first commercial product to use vision analysis techniques to control mechanical weeding equipment for weed removal between crop rows and between individual plants. The product is aimed at crops planted to a stand (each individual plant occupies its own position along the crop row to within a certain margin of error). In practice row spacings of between 22cm and 110cm and plant spacings of 15cm to 65cm have so far been accommodated although larger and smaller spacings can in theory be accommodated. Robocrop InRow Weeder has been most popularly employed in lettuce and brassica crops. Crop position can be determined to within a few millimetres.

 

In detail:

A digital video camera views the crop area (up to 2 mtrs square) just ahead of the weeder.

A computer analyses the images at 25 frames persecond looking for clusters of green pixels.

The pattern of green pixel clusters are compare to a predetermined grid which relates to the nominal crop row width and in row plant spacings.

A best match scenario is determined between image and predetermined grid.

The individual plant positions are tracked as they travel down through the image.

The computer monitors and controls the position of specially designed weeding rotors, which loop around the plants as they pass by.

Adjustment is provided to set the proximity of the weeding action to the plants.

The vision system also steers the complete weeder via soil engaging discs.

Weeding efficiency of up to 98% surface area is completed by fixed inter row shares.

 

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Winning InRow machine on display at Queens Award ceremony.

 

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Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Tony Worth, presents award to Philip Garford.

 

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Garford staff at Queens Award ceremony.

 

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Norman Garford with the Queens Award trophy.

 

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Michael Garford (Design & Technical Director), Philip Garford (Managing Director), The Lord-Lieutenant Mr Tony Worth, Janet Garford (Finance Director) and Deputy Lieutenant Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dodworth.

 

Robocrop InRow Weeder in action

The Robocrop InRow Weeder in Action

 

Notes for Editors:

Garford Farm Machinery has been established since 1986 and currently employs 21 local staff at their base in Frognall, Deeping St James.  They are committed to developing and producing the technology based equipment to help the modern farmer secure an environmentally sustainable future.

 

For further information contact:  

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, Hards Lane, Frognall, Deeping St James, Peterborough  PE6 8RL

Tel: 01778 342642

Fax: 01778 348949  

Email: info@garford.com

Web: www.garford.com

Buckingham Palace Queen’s Award Reception – 19th July 2010

On 19th July 2010 Philip Garford (Managing Director) and Janet Garford (Finance Director) joined other winners of the Queens Awards for Enterprise 2010 at a reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, at Buckingham Palace.

They were greeted by Palace staff and were shown into a reception room where they were offered champagne and canapés whilst mingling with other award winners. A short while later Philip, Janet and other guests moved through into an adjoining room where they were presented to Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. After the formal introductions, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh moved through the room, stopping to talk with award winners along the way. Philip and Janet enjoyed a chat with the Duke of Edinburgh about their Robocrop InRow machine, for which the award was given.

Janet Garford said ‘It was an honour to be invited to Buckingham Palace and to be presented to The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It was a beautiful summer evening and the reception room overlooking the Palace gardens was a lovely setting. We were delighted to have the opportunity to speak with the Duke of Edinburgh about our product at the reception. It was also interesting to talk with other winners of the award, who were from all over the UK and were representing many different industries and companies of all sizes. It was a very special evening for both Philip and myself and we were proud to be representing Garford Farm Machinery at the reception.’

 

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Janet Garford meeting The Queen

 

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Philip Garford meeting The Queen

 

Notes for Editors:

Garford Farm Machinery has been established since 1986 and currently employs 21 local staff at their base in Frognall, Deeping St James.  They are committed to developing and producing the technology based equipment to help the modern farmer secure an environmentally sustainable future.

 

For further information contact:  

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, Hards Lane, Frognall, Deeping St James, Peterborough  PE6 8RL

Tel: 01778 342642

Fax: 01778 348949  

Email: info@garford.com

Web: www.garford.com

Garford Farm Machinery honoured with Queen’s Award

Garford Farm Machinery, a Lincolnshire based farm machinery manufacturer, are delighted to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. Garford were independently judged a worthy winner of this most prestigious business award in the UK, for their product Robocrop InRow Weeder.

This revolutionary product will provide a remarkable change to production methods in the vegetable industry. With European legislation eroding the armoury of herbicides available to vegetable growers, which is making profitable production very difficult, the Robocrop InRow Weeder is the first commercial product to use vision analysis techniques to control weed removal between vegetable plants.

The Robocrop InRow Weeder uses digital cameras and image analysis to locate crop plants and then uses this information to control special weeding discs which hoe the area between the plants in order to kill competing weeds. This process is also beneficial in breaking up the soil and so improving plant growth with many vegetable growers claiming considerable growth stimulation.

Selling to the consumers is more appealing as they are able to purchase produce grown without the use of herbicides, whilst at the same time the grower is able to maintain profitable production.

Garford are a family run company employing 19 dedicated staff who have all contributed to the success of the Robocrop InRow Weeder.

Garford are thrilled to be recognised for their achievement and Philip Garford, Managing Director, said “This is a great honour and we are pleased to be able to work with the farmers to create machinery not only to improve the processes in the farming industry but also to contribute to the environmental practices in the country. We look forward to growing the business in the future, producing ever evolving technology, for the benefit of the grower and consumer”.

The product has gained a great reputation within the UK and Europe and, due to its unique nature, is now becoming sought after Worldwide. Garford look forward to the Award ceremony later in the year presented by the Lord Lieutenant of the County, the Queen’s representative.

 

Technical information

The Robocrop InRow Weeder is the first commercial product to use vision analysis techniques to control mechanical weeding equipment for weed removal between crop rows and between individual plants. The product is aimed at crops planted to a stand (each individual plant occupies its own position along the crop row to within a certain margin of error). In practice row spacings of between 22cm and 110cm and plant spacings of 15cm to 65cm have so far been accommodated although larger and smaller spacings can in theory be accommodated. Robocrop InRow Weeder has been most popularly employed in lettuce and brassica crops. Crop position can be determined to within a few millimetres.

 

In detail

A digital video camera views the crop area (up to 2 mtrs square) just ahead of the weeder.

A computer analyses the images at 25 frames persecond looking for clusters of green pixels.

The pattern of green pixel clusters are compare to a predetermined grid which relates to the nominal crop row width and in row plant spacings.

A best match scenario is determined between image and predetermined grid.

The individual plant positions are tracked as they travel down through the image.

The computer monitors and controls the position of specially designed weeding rotors, which loop around the plants as they pass by.

Adjustment is provided to set the proximity of the weeding action to the plants.

The vision system also steers the complete weeder via soil engaging discs.

Weeding efficiency of up to 98% surface area is completed by fixed inter row shares.

 

Garford are pleased to be working in conjunction with Tillet & Hague Technology Ltd on the Robocrop InRow Weeder.

 

Notes for Editors:

Garford Farm Machinery has been established since 1986 and currently employs 21 local staff at their base in Frognall, Deeping St James.  They are committed to developing and producing the technology based equipment to help the modern farmer secure an environmentally sustainable future.

 

For further information contact:  

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, Hards Lane, Frognall, Deeping St James, Peterborough  PE6 8RL

Tel: 01778 342642

Fax: 01778 348949  

Email: info@garford.com

Web: www.garford.com

Garford win 4 major trophies at LAMMA, the leading farm machinery show in the UK

Garford Farm Machinery, a Deeping based farm machinery manufacturer, employing 10 local staff, were delighted to be awarded an unprecedented 4 major trophies at the recent LAMMA 08 exhibition. LAMMA, held at the Newark and Notts showground on the 16th and 17th January, is considered the major farm machinery show in the UK and Garford Farm Machinery were the recipients of the following awards:

The LAMMA Trophy for Best new product or innovation in the fields of electronics or information and communications technology.

The IVEL Award for the best product or innovation which has the most positive impact on the environment – sponsored by IagrE (Institution of Agricultural Engineers)

The LAMMA Trophy for Best new product or innovation from a Company based in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire

HSBC Cup for the Best Manufacturers’ Stand (Indoors)

The LAMMA exhibition saw the launch of the Garford Robocrop InRow Weeder for which the first 3 trophies were presented. Philip Garford (Managing Partner) said: “we are proud to be acknowledged for our important contribution towards the needs of today’s vegetable growers, who face a more environmentally focused future”. In awarding the IVEL Award, Bill Basford (Institute of Agricultural Engineers), said: “This machine uses a fantastic combination of engineering concepts for weeding plants, eliminating the use of herbicides. It shows that we as an industry do care about our environment”.

 

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Philip Garford (left in green jacket) and Sales manager Andrew “Boris” Warriner (right in blue jacket) with the silverware.

 

Technical information

The Robocrop InRow is a further development of the Robocrop precision guidance system, now widely used for hoe guidance in many areas of crop production. The Robocrop InRow however, not only identifies the crop row line but also identifies the individual plants in the row. This information is then used to synchronise the InRow rotors to loop around the crop plants but hoe out any weed growing between the plants. The result is that anything up to 98.5% of soil area will be mechanically weeded. Performance is 2 plants per second per row therefore giving a forward speed of up to 3.6kph in 50cm spaced plants such as cabbage.

The Robocrop InRow will find utilisation in crops such as Lettuce, cabbage and other brasica crops but has also been tested in a number of less common crops.

 

Notes for Editors:

Garford Farm Machinery has been established since 1986 and currently employs 21 local staff at their base in Frognall, Deeping St James.  They are committed to developing and producing the technology based equipment to help the modern farmer secure an environmentally sustainable future.

 

For further information contact:  

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, Hards Lane, Frognall, Deeping St James, Peterborough  PE6 8RL

Tel: 01778 342642

Fax: 01778 348949  

Email: info@garford.com

Web: www.garford.com

Garford Farm Machinery – A British Success Story (Farmers Guide - March 1994)
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Farmers plan a new project
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Family joins the big boys
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Farm verdict on the Garford Skewbar Topper (Arable Farming – May 1987)
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Garford Farm Machinery Ltd exhibits at Agritechnica 2011
Garford Farm Machinery Ltd will be exhibiting at Agritechnica – we will be pleased to see customers, old and new, at the exhibition;
Stand 14-D27, Hall 14, Messegelaende, 30521 Hannover, Germany.

 

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd manufacture the world leading range of Robocrop robotic weeding implements. Robocrop Guided Hoes use video cameras to view the crop ahead of the implement and the computer then analyses the images to find the location of the crop.

 

Robocrop Inter-row is the traditional model for high speed hoeing between the crop rows. Robocrop Precision Guided High Speed Hoes can travel at speeds of 12kph or even higher and maintain high accuracy often better than 10mm. Garford Hoes have been specially designed to facilitate high speed operation with hydraulic pressure rams on the units to improve penetration and stop bounce which could otherwise be a problem.

Inter-row cultivation is well known in traditional row crops however Garford also have experience going back many years in all crops including broad acre cereal crops. With Robocrop in control inter-row work on narrow rows can be very successful. A broad range of cutting blades and soil engaging equipment is available including the specially developed “Slash Blade” which is aligned with its point closest to the crop row in order to drag all weeds away from the row ensuring better weed kill. The slash blade facilitates good crop foliage clearance therefore can be the optimal tool right through the season. Hoe models are available up to 12mtr working width.

 

Robocrop InRow is the revolutionary robotic weeder developed for total weeding in transplanted vegetable crops. Utilising the same camera system the computer locates the individual plants and uses this information to control a special weeding rotor which loops in and out between the plants. The speed of the rotor is adjusted 30 times per second in order to allow for irregularities in plant spacing. Plant zones down to 6cm diameter mean that normally Robocrop InRow is the only weeding necessary. With chemical weed control methods having been eroded away in recent years Robocrop InRow offers a cost effective alternative for the future. Robocrop InRow is also the solution from a crop hygiene point of view, as one machine can replace the need for up to 30 or more manual labourers working in a field.

 

Garford also offer other weed control solutions such as the Weedfoil height dependant weedwiper and Hooded Sprayers for inter-row weed control without soil disturbance.

 

Notes for Editors:

Garford Farm Machinery has been established since 1986 and currently employs 21 local staff at their base in Frognall, Deeping St James. They are committed to developing and producing the technology based equipment to help the modern farmer secure an environmentally sustainable future.

 

For further information contact:

Garford Farm Machinery Ltd, Hards Lane, Frognall, Deeping St James, Peterborough PE6 8RL

Tel: 01778 342642

Fax: 01778 348949

Email: info@garford.com

Web: www.garford.com