Field Applications of Automated Weed Control: Western Hemisphere

  • Steven A. Fennimore
  • Bradley D. Hanson
  • Lynn M. Sosnoskie
  • Jayesh B. Samtani
  • Avishek Datta
  • Stevan Z. Knezevic
  • Mark C. Siemens


Opportunities for automated weed control vary widely among cropping systems of the Western Hemisphere. High-value conventional and organic horticultural crops may provide the best initial opportunity for automated weed control because of dependency on labor for hand weeding and the lack of effective herbicides. Fresh market vegetable crops are planted year-round in small successive plantings which make them an attractive target for weed control automation equipment. The most likely immediate role for weed control automation in agronomic crops would be in the area of sprayer control so that weed-infested patches could be treated selectively and weed-free patches not treated. If automated weed control solutions are developed and made cost effective and time efficient, then broader adoption of automated weed control technology is possible.


Weed Control Western Hemisphere Weed Management Horticultural Crop Methyl Bromide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven A. Fennimore
    • 1
  • Bradley D. Hanson
    • 2
  • Lynn M. Sosnoskie
    • 3
  • Jayesh B. Samtani
    • 4
  • Avishek Datta
    • 5
  • Stevan Z. Knezevic
    • 5
  • Mark C. Siemens
    • 6
  1. 1.Agriculture and Natural ResourcesUniversity of CaliforniaSalinasUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  4. 4.Department of HorticultureVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVirginia BeachUSA
  5. 5.Department of Agronomy and HorticultureUniversity of Nebraska, Northeast Research & Ext. CenterConcordUSA
  6. 6.Department of Agricultural and Biosystems EngineeringUniversity of Arizona, Yuma Agricultural CenterYumaUSA

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