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FPC flying into the future

6 December 2017

The Forest Product Commission is currently on the hunt for a technological evolution in its aerial weed control practices.

Operations Officer Lukas Baker said the FPC is looking for ways to revolutionise aerial weed control and take advantage of changing technology to find a cheaper and more efficient option.

“We’re looking to take the next step and continue the evolution that began with planes, moved to helicopters and now into the future, we hope, with drones,” Lukas said.

We perform aerial weed control during both pre-planting and post-planting phases, along with aerial fertilisation programs in areas that are unreachable by ground spreaders.

The FPC performs aerial weed control on approximately 1,500 ha and aerial fertilising on approximately 500 ha of plantations annually.

With a technological evolution into a smaller and more economical system, this could be increased to make aerial weed control more efficient and cost effective.