Happy Earth Day! We are proud to be an organization that supports environmental protection, and we live that every day with the choices we make as a company. It’s hard not to support increased ecological viability when our brand purpose is ‘For the farm, the planet, the universe’. How exactly is precision spraying going to help the environment? Here are our 6 favourite reasons.
1. Less chemicals in our world
We’re starting off with maybe the most obvious reason on this list – spraying only weeds means spraying drastically less, which results in less herbicides used in our world. Between 1974 and 2014, 8.6 billion kilograms of glyphosate had been applied globally, and this number is consistently increasing. Up to 80% of spray in broadcast chemical application is wasted on bare soil, and we project that precision drone spraying will have up to a 92.8% spray reduction.
2. Those annoying carbon emissions
The agriculture sector is the 5th largest source of Greenhouse Gas emissions in Canada, with 69 megatons of carbon dioxide emitted. We know, it’s a touchy subject, because agriculture is the lifeblood of our country. We are a top exporter of agricultural products in the world, and Precision AI wants to support growers in their quest for more eco-friendly practices. Using drones in lieu of traditional farm equipment can amount to massive savings in diesel fuel, and the possibility of a 29 lb/ac reduction in carbon each year.
3. The soil is the Earth’s heartbeat
Soil compaction occurs from driving large equipment over the field, resulting in soil particles pressing together and reducing space between them. It reduces the rate at which water and oxygen can be absorbed by plant roots, resulting in poor crop performance. Flying above, we can completely eliminate this counterintuitive practice during chemical application so that our crops can flourish.
4. Love a tall drink of water?
Every organism in the world agrees, water is essential. In 2000, broadcast spraying accounted for 67% of the world’s total freshwater withdrawal, and 96% of its consumption. Precision spraying solutions can dramatically reduce the water used, in some instances by up to 95%, yet still achieve the same crop outcomes. You’re welcome, Earth.
5. The extra ingredient doesn’t need to be more chemical
We like to make grandma’s famous pasta with only the ingredients we choose. Removing the excessive chemicals that hit our crops equals better food for our families.
6. Combat weed resistance
The common and currently necessary practice of broad acre spraying has contributed to the emergence of spray resistant weeds. They have evolved to survive despite being sprayed, resulting in increased chemical output. Weeds resistant to herbicide can be found on half of farmer’s fields in North America. We solve the resistance problem via direct application of herbicide to only the plants requiring it.