Back in the good old days™, a farmer would rely on simply using a scarecrow to frighten off any hungry bird looking to make a meal of his crops. But that’s simply not a solution that’s high tech enough for 2017. Instead, a farmer near you may be investing in the use of automate laser cannons.
Last year, a farm in Oregon lost more blueberries to birds than it had in any previous year. To combat the issue, the farm has installed six automated laser turrets dubbed “Agrilaser Autonomics.” Powered through the use of a solar panel or AC, each turret costs a whopping $10,000 and are produced by Netherlands-based company Bird Control Group. Bird lovers fear not though, as the laser turrets don’t actively harm the birds.
According to the company, “when the Autonomic is operational, birds perceive the system’ approaching laser beam as a physical danger and disperse to seek safety. In contrast to conventional deterrence methods, birds will not become accustomed to the Autonomic. They will consider the area as unsafe and will not return.” Utilizing green lasers, which the company says birds can see 8 times better than red lasers, they literally chase the birds away. Their turrets are also equipped with filters which are meant to filter out any harmful radiation contained in the beams. That said, no research has actually been carried out, so you’ll need to take the company’s word for it.
Since their installation, the Oregon farm has had tremendous success with the lasers. They’ve managed to reduce birds in the general vicinity by 99 percent, which has saved an estimated 578,713 pounds of blueberries. With a market value of $99,733, this means the turrets were able to pay for themselves and more within the first year. So if you own a farm, or simply want to install a great light show, maybe these Agrilaser Autonomics are for you.
Images: Bird Control Group