AlterraTech's YASS optical sprayer tech is a new generation of technology for the modern farm. They are building the first piece of agricultural hardware that gets smarter over time.
AlterraTech co-founders Liam Burns and Joel Cheung are developing a retro fit system that focuses on reducing the use of herbicides in agriculture as they endeavour to reduce the overuse of chemicals in farming and improve profitability for farmers.
It works like this. Instead of a blanket crop spray where an entire crop receives a dousing of herbicide, imagine instead a box that when attached to farm machinery that can sense the presence of an undesirable pest or bug and spray it specifically, not the surrounding plants.
The crop and soil are exposed to less chemicals, the environment receives less herbicide and the farmers and the plants are on a positive path to a cleaner, greener crop and business.