Frognall family business earns award

The Robocrop Spot Sprayer benefits the farmer and the environment.
The Robocrop Spot Sprayer benefits the farmer and the environment.
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Frognall business Garford Farm Machinery Ltd has been awarded the Gold IMMA Award for its Robocrop Spot Sprayer.

The award, for Innovation in the Sprayer category, was made at Cereals 2014.

The competition rewards companies that have produced machines that show particular innovation, effectiveness and value, and Garford’s Robocrop Spot Sprayer was seen as an emerging innovation.

The Robocrop Spot Sprayer is the latest in the Garford Robocrop Family to use the Robocrop imaging system – the machine 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, avoiding contact with the crop, and with minimal chemical use.

Export sales manager Chris Lunn said: “This honour follows many years of building high quality precision weed control machines for the professional farmer.”