Allgau Automation RumboJet 880: Dock-fighting jet

Two farmer’s sons have harnessed image analysis to build a spot sprayer for docks. We visited for a closer look…

by Anja Böhrnsen and Andrew Pearce

9 Mar 2022

Docks are nothing if not tenacious. As someone said: “Dig ‘em up, burn ‘em, and the smoke will grow.” Over in Bavaria this endearing quality is a problem for livestock farmers, not just for dock’s unpalatability to cattle but also because a local area-based payment depends on a raft of conservation measures – which includes a ban on blanket-spraying grassland.