Keith Rennie Machinery has expanded its range of mechanical weeding solutions from French manufacturer Carré with an inter-row hoe to control weeds in cereals.
Called the Klinea SGI, the function of the two rows of comb harrows at the rear of each parallel linkage mounted hoeing element is to leave weed roots exposed on the surface. As an option, the machine can be ordered with hydraulically lifting elements and ISObus control for automatic management at headlands.
Currently available in single weeder versions of 3.0m, 4.0m, 6.0m and 8.0m, after many years of using the Claas camera system, the Klinea is fitted with an in-house developed solution called Kipline.
The French manufacturer says that the image processing performance works well in fields with a high weed density and crops with narrow row spacings. LED lights extend the range of use in poor lighting conditions or when working at night.
A second camera can be combined with the main one for two-sided crop guidance, to ensure that the hoe is correctly guided in low emergence crops or irregularly shaped fields. At Agritechnica, the French manufacturer showed a two x 6.0m wide Klinea with a dual Kipline camera guidance interface.
This enables two passes of a 6.0m seed drill in 24 rows at 25cm, giving a total working width of 12m. A single monitor is needed to manage the two camera systems, which control the two hoes individually.
The Weed Pilot control box displays a real-time video of the area analysed by the camera. The operator can select standard settings for quick setup or fine tune the system to a particular set of circumstances.
Power requirement is from 70-110hp. The retail price of a 6.0m 24-row (25cm spacing) Klinea complete with Kipline guidance system is £56,800.