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19. June 2023

New camera improves detection of hues of blue

The new IC-Light+ camera control for the Steketee hoeing machines, now also detects the near-infrared range. The new camera control makes detection easier in crops with a high proportion of blue in the leaves. This offers clear advantages in mechanical weed control, especially in the cultivation of onions, leeks, broccoli or red cabbage.

Adaptive camera technology

The internally developed standard IC-Light camera system in the hoeing machines captures the RGB colour range and reliably distinguishes between hues of green and red. Thanks to its self-learning mode, the system continuously develops as it is being used.

The new IC-Light+ camera now also captures hues of blue as well, allowing even very young plants or plants with a particularly fine structure to be better identified and shown. The camera easily handles even onions the size of a pin.

Camera image of the LEMKEN Steketee IC-Light+ camera system while hoeing an onion crop

Precise and fast hoeing

The IC-Light+ camera is operated via the IC-Light terminal and allows hoeing as close as two centimetres from crop plants at forward speeds of up to 15 km/h. The camera detects up to five rows of plants at a time and controls the steering of the hoeing machine between the rows.

LEMKEN Steketee EC-Weeder with IC-Light+ camera system