Software saves farmers time in the field

By Peter Hull

New software for crop-spraying at work in fieldTwo Clemson scientists have developed software for use with crop-spraying machinery that could save farmers valuable time in the field and fuel in the tractor.

Thanks to software developed by agricultural engineer Ahmad Khalilian and agriculture and biosystems engineer Young Jo Han, researchers at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville now use a revolutionary multi-boom crop sprayer to deliver 12 treatments in one pass-through.

The machinery is pulled by a tractor that is guided by satellite positioning technology. But what really sets the system apart, said entomologist Jay Chapin, is the ability of the apparatus to turn itself on and off and apply multiple treatments.

Chapin uses the system for pesticides and other chemical treatments. It means that a procedure that used to take six hours to deliver 24 treatments now takes just 30 minutes.

“It’s a lot more productive because of that software,” Chapin said.

For information: Jay Chapin, 803-284-3343, ext. 226,