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New camera improves detection of BLUE HUES

Lemken has introduced the new IC-Light+ camera control, which detects the near-infrared range, for its Steketee hoeing machines.

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. The internally developed standard IC-Light camera system in Lemken Steketee hoeing machines captures the RGB colour range and reliably distinguishes between hues of green and red, the company says. 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. 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 15km/h. The camera detects up to five rows of plants at a time and controls the steering of the hoeing machine between the rows.