Zasso and CNHi are expanding their range of Precision Farming applications with XPower to help farmers optimize their field, crop and weed management. The new platform will improve farmers’ yields as well as reduce the chemical herbicide consumption and thus protect the environment.
Cooperation as a logical step
The new XPower by Zasso system enables non-selective burndown applications such as field preparation, potato haulm desiccation and special treatments for wine grapes and trees.
“The partnership with Zasso and its XPower solution is the next logical step after the Europe-wide RTK network and the GNSS Guidance and Machine Control options. Zasso and CNHi have both developed their environmental protection focus over the past year and this partnership is just the beginning for more,” said Maximilian Birle, Head of Product Management at CNHi.
Zasso’s CEO Dirk Vandenhirtz adds: “It is a much welcomed and natural step for Zasso to partner with an equipment manufacturer. CNHi provides us with an unparalleled depth of distribution across Europe, to expand our solution. We are particularly excited to have been selected as one of the innovative technologies available through CNHi.”
The new XPower platform will be available in 2019.
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Zasso carries out first tests within the framework of a European CEDR project in Austria
Invasive plants, which spread along traffic routes represent a massively increasing problem for those institutions that have to take care of the safety and maintenance of traffic routes as well as the protection of health, agriculture and nature reserves.
As part of the ControlinRoad project (http://www.controlinroad.org/) of the Conference of European Directors of Roads (Central Office of European Ministries of Transport, http://www.cedr.eu/), Zasso is involved in controlling invasive plants on roads using electrophysical methods. This includes fast-growing plants such as the Japanese knotweed, which until now could hardly be controlled, as well as the highly allergenic ragweed, the phototoxic giant hogweed or the Indian balsam overgrowing the nature reserve.
The main trials this year and next year will focus on Burgenland in Austria, a hotspot for invasive plants and also a focus for innovative and sustainable traffic route management.
Fig. 1 shows how up to 3 m high Japanese knotweed has worked its way up to a field of maize (top right) along a farm road next to a stream near an expressway. The plant with roots up to 4 m deep is treated by Zasso with Electroherb as a digital herbicide in different growth stages in order to develop control and containment protocols that are as practical and efficient as possible.
Fig. 2: Ambrosia (ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), the green strip directly at the edge of the road) is a highly allergenic plant that already populates large parts of the roadsides on motorways and expressways in Austria and Bavaria and is to be prevented from forming seeds with Zasso Electroherb, without having to damage the biologically high-quality roadside flora by permanent mowing. The Japanese knotweed in the background near to a railway line has meanwhile massively spread over a field (middle) and is spreading rapidly through soil cultivation.
While the effectiveness tests with Electroherb against invasive plants are only just beginning within the project framework, it is already clear from many discussions and site visits that a control of invasive plants urgently requires innovative methods such as Electroherb. It is best to develop both the Zasso-technology and the management concepts across applications on railways, hydraulic engineering, road transport and agriculture. For example, applicator types from permanent fruit and wine crops can be adapted very well to road edges and reflector posts. Established boom concepts can also be applied to tractors and multi-functional vehicles with mowing tools and mulchers from agricultural and road management working on railways and hydraulic engineering applications. For the application of the Zasso technology itself it is often irrelevant, except for the application protocols and instrument parameterization, whether agricultural weeds are to be controlled, siccation measures are to be carried out or invasive plants are to be prevented from spreading further.
Zasso therefore strives to develop tailor-made solutions with maximum application flexibility of Electroherb technology, even beyond apparent application limits, and to make them available to users in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.
Today the Zasso team is going to test the 3rd Generation Digital Herbicide system. It comes with improved energy management and faster applicators.
By treating more than 25 HA with different materials and shapes for the applicators, we have been able to increase the efficiency of the Digital herbicide treatment, allowing us to increase speed. The new software enables the operator to finetune the energy flow to the different surfaces and weed patterns
The system is equipped with GPS / GSM communication to allow a “pay per use” business model.
Today we will perform speed test beyond 10 Km/h showing the efficiency at high-speed application.
This setup allows 4-5 Ha / h treatment for weed control. Today the focus is on IVM ( industrial vegetation management) treatment, row & inter-row Special permanent cultures, Potato desiccation, Pre-seeding and post-harvest application
W. Neudorff GmbH KG and Zasso GmbH intensify their cooperation and have formed a joint venture. With the formation of a joint venture, both companies are breaking new ground in weed management.
The joint venture develops completely new methods of weed management without the use of herbicides. With the help of electrophysical forces, both the shoot parts and the roots of the weed plants are destroyed. This advanced technology protects the environment and can therefore be used in areas that until now have posed major challenges in weed management.
This approach opens up completely new possibilities for weed control. This innovative technology makes it possible, for example, to use it on sealed surfaces, which is generally taboo for herbicides. The companies are currently working together on the practical introduction of this disruptive technology.
About Zasso GmbH
Zasso GmbH specializes in clean plant control technologies for agriculture, silviculture, home, traffic and urban areas. Zasso’s methods target both the shoots and the even more critical roots of undesired plants systemically by employing advanced lightweight high-voltage methods. Our ground-breaking systems deliver efficient and robust solutions and add an innovative approach to the dwindling number of available methods for environmentally sympathetic plant control. Electroherb reshapes weed control and plant management for both current and future challenges.
Neudorff develops and produces environmentally friendly plant protection products, organic fertilizers, peat-free soils and many other plant care products for natural gardening. The company attaches particular importance to environmentally friendly active ingredients that originate from nature wherever possible. Many products are developed and tested in our own research department.
Due to its extensive activities in the field of sustainability, Neudorff has already received many awards.
In the last 2 weeks we had the opportunity to perform tests with our new functional prototype for the consumer area.
Figure 1: Zasso’s new prototype for chemical-free weed control
Many traffic constructions offer a harsh, but competition-free habitat for certain robust plant species. However, the sheer amount of vegetation can exceed engineering damage thresholds and hamper any control effort, or even reduce the service life of the construction.
Such cases make it necessary to remove even deeply rooted and long-established plants, if possible without causing any structural damage in the process. This proves particularly difficult as those plants have developed specific, very efficient survival strategies in the shape of subterranean storage organs and hidden growth points. Set off by climate change, the offshoots and seeds of street trees are also increasingly spreading in a non-desirable way. Ivy that has grown into buildings is hard to remove without significant damage to the overall structure.
On May 16th and 17th, Zasso France participated in the “Terres Innovation” platform. Co-organized by French agricultural cooperative Acolyance and the Chambre d’agriculture 51, “Terres Innovation” is a major regional event, a permanent showcase of agricultural innovation around major issues: robotics, agronomy, connectivity and mobility, in partnership with regional and national innovation players.
Zasso is proud to have been invited to present its innovative electric weed control solution. It represents its first public demonstration in France. Zasso was able to present in details the technology behind its systemic mode of action, as well as run a series of live applications on a nearby field, in front of hundreds of farmers.
This participation represents a milestone for Zasso, as it continues to implement its electronic weed control solution in key strategic markets.
We are pleased to be mentioned in the French magazine among the alternative weeding methods. Our technology continues to improve in short development cycles, so that we can present our new versions in the near future. You can find the content of the whole article in French under the following link.
— Zasso Group AG – a leading platform developer for electric weed management – today announced the constitution of Zasso France SAS, as well the completion of further equity financing across the group.
The newly found Zasso France SAS entity helps the group to further accelerate Zasso’s expansion into this strategic market. Zasso France SAS will formalize local partnerships, conduct research projects with technical institutes, as well as disseminate its pioneering technology through public demonstrations.
“France represents one of the most promising market places for Zasso, following government announcements to prohibit glyphosate in the short term. We are seeing significant demand from cities, farmers and winemakers keen to adopt alternative non-chemical weed control solutions”, said Benjamin Ergas, President of Zasso France SAS.
To support such development, Zasso closed an equity financing from existing Zasso shareholders, demonstrating their commitment to further development and growth of the Zasso Group AG.
To secure its fast growth the Zasso Group AG Board is happy to announce that it has closed a new equity financing round for its German operation, Zasso GmbH, from existing shareholders, to sustain tremendous development in its weed control business.
“Using superior technology to achieve positive environmental impact is an exciting and important mission. We are proud to support the development of a solution that is clearly contributing to a healthier future, – the future of herbicide is digital” says Lucian Dietsche, Partner of GREEN Towers GmbH.
About Zasso Group AG
Zasso Group AG specializes in clean plant control technologies for agriculture, silviculture, home, traffic and urban areas. Zasso’s methods target both the shoots and the even more critical roots of undesired plants systemically by employing advanced lightweight high-voltage methods. Our ground-breaking systems deliver efficient and robust solutions and add an innovative approach to the dwindling number of available methods for environmentally sympathetic plant control. Electroherb reshapes weed control and plant management for both current and future challenges.