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Feb, 2016

'On the Land' Interviews Dr Armin Werner on LiDar Canopy Sensing and Agrichemical Spray Drift

Agricultural spray drift is a problem when the wind carries pesticide droplets far from the targeted site. Recent incidences on several NZ orchards have caused several hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to wine grapes and kiwifruit.

Lincoln Agritech’s precision agriculture group conducted a six-year research programme, “Protecting NZ’s Environment from Pesticide Exposure”, to find out more about spray drift and explore to mitigation strategies. The project, funded by  theMinistry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) involved a range of activities including measuring agricultural drift on typical NZ crops, investigating the effectiveness of drift reducing technologies, and educating people about best practices for applying agricultural sprays.

Dr Armin Werner was recently interviewed about this work by the NZ media including, RadioNZ and by Rob Cope-Williams for the web series, “On the Land”.

Whilst the MBIE contract has ended, Lincoln Agritech continues to work closely with commercial entities and organisations such as GrowSafe, Zespri, Horticulture NZ, and the Foundation for Arable Research, as well as aerial spray contractors in the agricultural aviation industry. 

If you wish to learn more about this research, please contact Dr Scott Post, Programme Manager, on scott.post@lincolnagritech.co.nz; or 03-325-3716.