We seek to improve deposition efficiency in agricultural pesticide spraying by applying proprietary, patent-pending technology which (i) masks the less-than-ideal electrical properties of plants and (ii) makes the forces of attraction of pesticides to plants even stronger than current electrostatic painting technology. How? Read below.
We pretreat the agricultural plants with a charge on their surface, which achieves two amazing things:
The charge on the plant's surface covers and masks the plant's less-than-ideal electrical properties. In short, the charged pesticides are now attracted to the charge on the plant's surface rather than the plant itself. This means that pesticide spraying will be much more consistent from one plant species to the next and from one plant to the next within the same field.
Then we charge the pesticide with an opposite charge and spray it from the nozzle towards the plant. The force of attraction of two oppositely charged objects (here the charged pesticide and oppositely charged plant surface) is four times greater than the image-charge force of attraction used in current technology. This means that the deposition efficiency will be greatly improved.
In the US, four crops comprise 94% of the total US crop value ($300 billion) - corn, cotton, soybean and wheat.
We are initially targeting cotton. Cotton represents only 12% of the total US crop value but 24% of pesticide use. Cotton is also not a food crop. Cotton is also a relatively short plant with manageable leaf size and distribution. Most importantly, without subsidies and factoring in all direct and indirect costs, cotton is a money-losing business in the US; and pesticides comprise 7% of the input costs of planting, growing and harvesting cotton. In sum, cotton farmers should be keenly interested in AgTech Worldwide's technology, which significanlty reduces their input costs without sacrificing crop yield and quality. However, market interest is NOT market demand. In order for us to convert cotton farmers' interest into demand, we are building an electrostatic pesticide sprayer that meets the following requirements:
Simple and straightforward to operate;
Works consistently; and
We plan to initiate a limited field trial during the 2017 cotton growing season (April to October) in Central Valley, California followed by a broader field trial during the 2018 cotton growing season. We plan to deploy commercially in 2019.