Cologne, May 2022 - To enable farmers to detect pests at an early stage, Bayer has developed the "MagicTrap" in collaboration with Atlantik Elektronik and Thundercomm Technology Co., Ltd. among others. The digital yellow trap catches and counts potential pests in canola fields, providing farmers with important information for more efficient and sustainable use of crop protection products. Qualcomm's technology provides a cost-effective solution that offers more power, higher graphics capabilities, better image quality and improved energy efficiency for this product.
Pollen weevil, flea beetle and weevil species are dangerous pests in canola cultivation. Their mass occurrence can lead to total crop failure. A small infestation can be tolerated, but an increased occurrence requires intervention. With MagicTrap, farmers can detect the intensity and location of the infestation and target the necessary crop protection products.
So-called yellow traps help farmers detect and assess pest infestations. Insects fly specifically to the traps, as the color resembles canola blossom, and fall into a pool of water where they can be counted. However, evaluating and maintaining analog insect traps involves a lot of manual labor. The "MagicTrap" presented by Bayer counts and recognizes the insects fully automatically.
*MagicTrap in a rapeseed field on the Laacher Hof in Monheim, Germany
*Magic Trap Information on smartphones