Protein Industries Canada has announced a new project focusing on the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds in Canada.

The project will focus on the development of an AI-powered early detection system.

Founder and CEO of Precision AI Dan McCann says by using AI to detect resistance early and provide precision herbicide application, we have a realistic path to reducing or even eliminating resistant strains in Canada.

"We look forward to our collaboration with Protein Industries Canada, Geco Strategic Weed Management, Global Institute for Food Security and Sure Growth Solutions in the essential work of helping conquer herbicide-resistant weeds, which are a growing threat to Canadian producers."

The new AI software application will utilize drone and satellite imagery to examine each weed in the field to help farmers and agronomists identify and treat herbicide-resistant weeds.

A total of $6.2 million has been committed to the project, with Protein Industries Canada investing $2.8 million and the partners investing the remainder. 

More information on the project can be found here.