LiDAR vs. ULTRASONIC

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

When it comes to precision agriculture, all advanced spray systems are not created equal.

ACCURACY & CHEMICAL COST

  • Accuracy similar to hand measurements.
     

  • Uses fewer chemicals than traditional air blast sprayers providing up to 40% savings in chemical costs.

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ULTRASONIC

  • Accuracy within millimeters.
     

  • Uses fewer chemicals than both traditional air blast and ultrasonic sprayers saving you up to 75% in chemical costs. 

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LiDAR

CANOPY

CONSIDERATIONS

Doesn’t adjust spray volume based on canopy characteristics. They simply sense the presence of trees, spraying when trees are present and stopping when they’re not. 

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ULTRASONIC

STOP

STOP

 SPRAY 

Is able to determine the density of the tree canopy, applying precisely the amount needed to protect the tree. No more, no less. 

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LiDAR

SPRAY

RUN OFF

Provides no reduction in run-off from oversaturation of smaller trees resulting in groundwater contamination and tree root damage. 

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ULTRASONIC

Reduces spray loss from run-off on the ground by up to 93%, preserving both the environment and tree health.

Spray loss is reduced by pulsing individual nozzles to adjust the application rate.

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LiDAR

PESTICIDE

DRIFT

Doesn’t reduce pesticide drift. Ultrasonic sprayers have sensors that do two things: turn nozzles on and off. They do not spray at variable rates or control droplet size.

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ULTRASONIC

Operates individual nozzles independently, at variable rates, controlling both droplet size and overspray, reducing pesticide drift by up to 87%. 

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LiDAR

AT A GLANCE

ULTRASONIC

SENSOR

LiDAR

UP TO

40%

CHEMICAL COST SAVINGS

UP TO

73%

UNKNOWN

REDUCTION IN SPRAY LOSS

BEYOND TREE CANOPY

UP TO

87%

UP TO

70%

REDUCTION IN SPRAY LOSS

ON THE GROUND

UP TO

93%

UNKNOWN

REDUCTION IN

AIRBORNE DRIFT

UP TO

87%

UNKNOWN

DATA COLLECTION AND INFORMATION GATHERED ON CANOPY

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WHICH SYSTEM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Download our free guide and compare the spraying systems on the market today. 

LiDAR GIVES YOU EVEN MORE

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Identify trees by select criteria.

CROP MAPPING AND REPORTING

Combined with a GPS system, LiDAR-based sprayers are able to create crop maps and create targeted spray and no-spray zones, as well as generate required government reports with no manual calculations required. Ultrasonic sprayers have no such capability. 

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SAFER FOR OPERATORS AND EASIER ON YOUR EQUIPMENT

The reduction in chemical use with LiDAR-based technology yields more than just cost savings. It means lower exposure for operators, with less handling of chemicals and less time spent spraying (which also means less wear and tear on your equipment and fewer stops to refill the tank.)