Carbon Robotics Introduces New Model of LaserWeeder

Carbon Robotics has launched a new model of its LaserWeeder, called Track LaserWeeder, along with two software upgrades – spatial data intelligence in the Carbon Ops Center and multi-language support in the iPad operator app. These updates cater to the diverse needs of farmers and provide actionable farm data, aligning with the evolving demands of agriculture.

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“We are excited to introduce the new Track LaserWeeder unit and software upgrades that will further improve the efficiency and capabilities of our industry-leading LaserWeeder for growers.

Our customers laser weeded for more than 50,000 total hours last year across more than 100 different crops, capturing major savings in weed control costs and reporting substantial increases in crop yield and quality.”

states Paul Mikesell, CEO and founder of Carbon Robotics.

The Track LaserWeeder offers a custom track system built in collaboration with Soucy and GK Machine and was designed with growers to extend the LaserWeeder’s usability across diverse soil types, including muck soil. By equally distributing the LaserWeeder’s weight, the tracks minimize compaction and allow the machine to enter fields earlier in the season despite challenging conditions.

“Custom tracks extend the versatility and flexibility of the LaserWeeder and open up laser weeding to more regions and farms with varying soil types.

By improving ground pressure to 6.5 p.s.i. and supporting row spacing of 64 to 90, growers in muck regions now can use LaserWeeder to do the work of a 75-person hand weeding crew, have an alternative to herbicides, and gain the production benefits resulting from no soil disruption.”

affirms John Mey, vice president of products at Carbon Robotics.

Photo courtesy of Carbon Robotics

Carbon Robotics has introduced visualized spatial data to LaserWeeder customers. This allows growers to access field, crop and weed metrics using the Carbon Ops Center, such as stand count, density, type, average size and distribution. The data helps growers identify and address inconsistencies or surprising results and provides them with quantitative crop stand counts early after planting and well before harvest.

Carbon Robotics’ iPad app now supports seven additional languages, like Spanish, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Polish, and Romanian. This allows field operators to use the app and Carbon support more effectively by reducing language barriers.

2023 was a record year for Carbon Robotics, with a tripling number of LaserWeeders shipped to growers and rapid expansion into Europe and Australia. To support continued growth and rapid new product development, Carbon Robotics raised $43 million in new capital in 2023, bringing its total funding to $80 million since its founding in 2018.

Source: Carbon Robotics

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