18 November, Hanover – XAG, for the first time, showcased its smart agriculture solutions to an international audience of 152 countries at Agritechnica 2019, the world’s largest agricultural technology trade fair held in Hanover, Germany from 10-16 November. As the only agriculture technology company presenting precision agricultural drones, XAG stood out in the crowd with its UAS spraying and spreading technology - one of the greatest highlights of the exhibition primarily dominated by large ground-based machinery.
Organised by the German Agricultural Society, also known as DLG, this year’s Agritechnica covers an unprecedented exhibit area of 40 hectares, where 2820 exhibitors from 53 countries demonstrated a complete range of advanced agricultural machinery and digital farming platform from seeding, crop protection, harvest to storage. This has attracted nearly 450,000 visitors, 30% of which are professional audience from the global farming community.
At the expo, XAG debuted in Precision Farming Technology pavilion with a series of fully autonomous drones and farm monitoring sensors, including XPlanet® Agricultural UAS, P Series Plant Protection UAS, XMission survey drone and Agriculture Internet-of-Things (XIoT) System. XPlanet® is XAG’s all-new high-performance unmanned aerial system that combines atomisation spraying and intelligent spreading technology to effectively conduct seeding, fertilisation, chemical spraying and feeding at centimetre-level high accuracy on all terrains.
All these presented technologies seamlessly integrate to form XAG Smart Agriculture Solutions, a closed loop sustainable agroecosystem featuring digitalisation, automation and intelligence. Based on the HD field maps collected by XMission, XAG Artificial Intelligence (XAI) can identify field edges and obstacles, locate fruit trees and recognise weed/pest diseases as well as generating prescription maps to guide autonomous drone operation on selective lands.
Variable-Rate Application (VAR) can therefore be achieved to spray and spread where it is needed. Only the infected part of lands would be targeted with optimal high-concentrated dosage to reduce 30% chemical use and 90% water.
Such innovative precision farming technology has raised huge attention from exhibition visitors of all types, including farm owners, agricultural machinery distributors, agrochemical conglomerates and agricultural experts, who are looking for an alternative crop protection solution that is more precise, flexible and eco-friendly without causing crop damage or soil compaction. XAG’s agricultural drones can access fields that large tractors are difficult to handle, so that many previously exhausting farming practices, such as spraying for sloping vineyard and mountainous orchards which used to take manual labour days to complete, now only takes a few hours.
Employing digital technologies to optimise agricultural inputs and improve crop yields, precision farming is the key to reshape a sustainable food system. This is a consensus that has been reached at Agritechnica 2019 between XAG and its international professional visitors. XAG will keep innovating and closely cooperating with all stakeholders to empower local farmers and accelerate the development of smart agriculture.