Bayer and XAG has recently collaborated in Hangzhou, China to host a crop dusting drone demonstration on citrus trees.
Justin Gong, Co-founder and Vice President of XAG, together with Bayer’s crop scientists and agricultural experts from China, Germany, India, and U.S., attended the joint convention.
It showcased its UAS fruit tree solution based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 3D flight mode.
XAG’s claims its fruit tree solution is the world’s first all-terrain autonomous drone spraying technology that resolves the challenge of applying pesticides and fertilisers on complex terrains, such as mountains, hills and terraces.
The partnership between XAG and Bayer, combining pioneer crop science research with advanced agriculture technology, aims to develop an innovative horticulture crop solution that would improve food safety and encourage healthy diet with high-quality fruits and vegetables.
To examine the efficacy of UAS fruit tree solution, XAG and Bayer selected a typical citrus orchard in Hangzhou’s Jiande Town to conduct spraying on mandarin trees.
The orchard covers a small area of 1.5 hectares but is located in rugged hills, where the mandarin trees are planted in uneven density and have grown to different heights. It used to take three days for three workers aged over 60s to manually spray the entire orchard for one time.