Jul 25, 2022
Precision spray technology company expands US presence

Smart Apply, makers of a LiDAR-powered precision spray technology that reduces chemical and water usage in fruit and nut orchards and vineyards, has continued expansion of its dealer network with the addition of Papé Machinery in the U.S., the company announced on July 18.

Demand for the Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System has exploded in 2022, driven by rising chemical costs, water shortages and/or regulations, and growing recognition of the environmental impact of over spraying. The system is attractive to growers for addressing these issues, but also due to ease of implementation. Sold as a kit, Smart Apply is compatible with most air blast sprayers. The system is operated using an Android tablet and applies chemicals based on the density of individual trees or vines.

Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System
Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System

Smart Apply CEO Jerry Johnson said the Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System is based on technology developed and tested by the USDA over nearly a decade of research.

“Our technology is proven, but the results achieved in orchards and vineyards in terms of reduced chemical costs, reduced water use, and less environmental impact without sacrificing yields is what truly resonates with dealers and growers,” said Johnson.

The Papé Group was founded 1938 when E.C. Papé acquired his first capital equipment dealership in Oregon. Today, Papé is the leading supplier of heavy equipment in the West. In 2011, Papé launched its John Deere-certified agricultural division, which now has 49 locations in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

The Smart Apply Intelligent Spray Control System is the winner of the 2021 World Ag Expo Top 10 Award, 2021 SIMA Paris Gold Award and 2020 ASABE AE50 Outstanding Innovation Award.

To learn more, visit www.smartapply.com.

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