Garford Farm Machinery is using CropTec to show its Robocrop Baby Leaf hoe for the first time. The hoe is designed for delicate hoeing in baby leaf crops working at narrowest of row spacing’s using inter row technology and disc steering to carefully weed between the rows as narrow as sub 50mm.
It has been designed to deliver the very highest degree of accuracy for inter row hoeing in closely spaced crops seeded using width roller type seeders producing a perfectly flatbed surface. Maximum weed control of 5mm accuracy is achieved using unique shares for minimal soil disturbance. Special baby weeder rakes ensure maximum exposing of weed roots to leave a perfect finished surface. By using a low camera position accuracy is maximised for precise weed control between the crop rows. Soil engaging disc steer provides for positive steering implementation for accurate hoeing, whilst auto levelling provides for a stable platform resulting in a perfect share depth.
With using a mechanical weeding method over herbicide application allows not only for weed control but also aeration, drainage and breaks the soil cap for further crop establishment. The Garford Robocrop Baby Leaf Hoe is aimed at those growing delicate crops such as baby salad and or herbs.
The company has a reputation for building highly accurate hoeing machines that have a gentle mechanical weed control method for use with delicate crops. Stability and camera height is used to achieve high analysis of the crop row to guide the machine down the row to maintain precise accuracy.
Garford will be at CropTec 28th and 29th November 2019 Stand 4 Hall One at Peterborough Showground.