Crop.Zone develops alternative solutions for weed control and crop desiccation. The German-based company creates chemical-free alternative concepts and products, helping farmers to prepare their fields and get their crops ready for harvest in a sustainable, environmentally sound way. In Europe, this is traditionally done with the aid of chemicals. But the individuals who are the driving force behind Crop.Zone want to change all of that.
“We are developing alternative methods for this, following the green deal regulations,” says Dirk Vandenhirtz, CEO of Crop.Zone. “We use a concept that has been around for a long time: If electricity is applied to plants, it destroys the chlorophyll and the water system of a plant. The problem is the high amount of energy required for this process. We have discovered that plants can be made more sensitive to such treatments with electricity, by spraying a very light saline solution on them beforehand. The environmental impact is extremely low. These are formulations that are already in use in organic farming.”
Vandenhirtz goes on to say: “Our so called ‘volt fuel’ increase the plants’ conductivity, and as a result we are able to apply ten times less energy to dessicate crops for example. This means that the crop.zone method uses less energy, and the application width for desiccation can be increased beyond 24 meters. Our 2021 generation products will already apply at 12 meters. From 2022 onwards we will be ready for 24 meter applications.”
Vandenhittz says Crop.Zone therefore has an even lower impact on the living organisms and other beneficiaries in the soil. He believes they have discovered a method that can economically and ecologically improve the existing model of crop desiccation.
When it comes to technical realities, Vandenhirtz explains that crop.zone uses two attachments. A standard sprayer is fitted at the front of the tractor, whilst the crop.zone electrical application unit is installed at the rear. The configuration is as follows: The tractor