Croplands & Robotics Plus Partner

18 March 2024

Croplands and Robotics Plus partner to introduce Prospr to the Australian horticulture market. Robotics Plus’ Prospr, a multi-use autonomous vehicle for sustainable vineyard and orchard production, is now exclusively available from Croplands in Australia and New Zealand.

Croplands is now the exclusive Australasian distributor of Prospr, a robust autonomous, multi-use hybrid vehicle platform for horticulture crops designed by Robotics Plus. Prospr significantly increases efficiency across a variety of crop tasks and alleviates labour challenges, with capabilities including automated intelligent spraying.

The distribution agreement complements the existing technology partnership between the companies. Robotics Plus specialises in the design and build of robotics, AI, and autonomous machines, and Croplands has over 50 years of experience in world-leading spraying solutions.

Robotics Plus, Prospr (4 fan model)
Robotics Plus, Prospr (4 fan model)

Sean Mulvaney, General Manager, Croplands, says, “We are proud to partner with Robotics Plus on the design and manufacture of world-leading Quantum sprayer modules to integrate onto Prospr, the autonomous platform developed in New Zealand for horticulture markets. Our focus on bringing emerging solutions to the market continues with the opportunity to distribute Prospr and a range of sprayer attachments across Australia and New Zealand.”  

Steve Saunders, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Robotics Plus (left) and Sean Mulvaney, General Manager, Croplands (right) together with Prospr.

Steve Saunders, Co-founder, and Chief Executive, Robotics Plus, says, “We are all about partners with purpose to adapt and shift to solve problems. Agriculture is time-critical, and with Croplands, we are combining deep domain expertise to benefit growers.”

We have developed an automated, effective spraying and attachment solution with the smarts to not just do the job but to keep doing it better. Prospr customers in Australia will now benefit from Croplands’ large distributor network, spraying expertise and customer support.

Steve Saunders, Co-founder & Chief Executive, Robotics Plus

Robust and flexible to maximise utility
Prospr is a robust autonomous vehicle with all-day running that adapts to growers’ jobs while reducing emissions, inputs, and reliance on increasingly hard-to-find machine operators. Prospr’s unique modular architecture accommodates multiple interchangeable tools being developed, including newly released tower sprayers for grapes, apples, or tree crops. The right tool for the job is attached to the vehicle depending on the day’s work, allowing different tools for various crop types and applications year-round to maximise return on investment. Multiple Prospr machines can collaborate in a fleet to get the job done. The autonomous vehicle uses a combination of perception systems to sense the environment, putting valuable data and insights into the hands of growers. 

Fuel Efficiency  
Prospr has an all-electric drive system for superior torque and control. Its onboard power generation, with a Tier 4 diesel generator, allows the vehicle to operate for extended periods without charging or refuelling. Regenerative braking and high-capacity batteries extend range, while its intelligent all-wheel-drive system with independent wheel motors gives superior manoeuvrability, grip, and control.
Modular and adaptable  
Prospr has a small footprint and unique steering configuration, incorporating electric steering and independent motors. The vehicle turns on its rear axle with a minimum headland requirement of 7.1m for row-to-row turning. Minimum row spacing is 1.85m, giving growers options to deploy automation in a greater variety of applications in various crop types. This means the ground is covered faster, maximising productivity and spray time compared to machines that turn on every second row or greater. The vehicle’s lightweight design, combined with its unique tyre and wheel configuration, reduces ground compaction. Robotics Plus’ ongoing partnership with Yamaha Motor Co, a global technology leader, allows the company to take advantage of their extensive knowledge in machine vision, artificial intelligence, and productising vehicles for scale. 
Q Series Sprayers 
Q Series Sprayers, developed by Robotics Plus in conjunction with Croplands, allow growers to deploy a range of sprayer configurations, adapting to various crop types and growing systems. The Q4 / Q6 sprayers have two or three fans per side designed for either vine or tree crops. The Q8 sprayer comprises eight fans, four per side, and is best suited to tree crops. Spray rates and air speed are dynamic and controlled per fan to maximise spray efficacy through electric drive and control systems. The sprayers are built using Croplands Quantum fans that produce targeted, controlled and turbulent air for better coverage from the superior droplet formation and spray deposition.  
Safety and Management  
To implement Prospr, a mesh network is installed to give a more consistent connection and interaction with the machine, improving operational efficiencies and user safety. Operators can manage and streamline the day’s work with a new organisational tool with an easy-to-use interface. Coordination is enabled between team members with multi-language support across various desktop and mobile devices. Jobs can be logged in advance and viewed in real-time. Completed or in-progress jobs are mapped and recorded digitally. Multiple machines can be managed simultaneously by one or two operators from a single remote control via a fixed or mobile console. 

For more information on Prospr or to order from Croplands, please contact your Croplands Territory Manager.


Quantum Vineyard Sprayers

The ultimate performer in grapes. Available in single, two or three row spraying configurations.

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Cropliner Trailed Sprayers

Conventional air-blast sprayer design, available in a range of models.

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Quantum Tower Sprayers

Fitted with market-leading Quantum fans, these tower sprayers set the standard in tree spraying.

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Cropands partners with Magrowtec

15 January 2024

Croplands, leading spray equipment manufacturer, and MagrowTec, leaders in magnetically assisted spray technology, are pleased to announce their new partnership, joining forces to bring MagrowTec to Australian and New Zealand growers. 

MagrowTec has worked with leading growers in both Australia and New Zealand to undertake rigorous in field crop science studies which has consistently demonstrated significant agronomic benefits such as greatly improved coverage, better canopy penetration, improved water management and drift reduction.  

Magnetic spray assist technology can be retrofitted to existing machines or installed on new machines

David McGrath, MagrowTec’s Business Development Manager, Northern Australia and NZ says, “Based on the results from comprehensive horticultural studies using MagrowTec demonstrating significant improvement in spray coverage, even at reduced application rates, and the importance to NZ farming businesses of reducing waste, improving profits, and safeguarding the environment, we’re very excited about the potential of the New Zealand market.”

“This technology offers NZ farmers a unique opportunity to save a lot of money by transforming the effectiveness of their spraying while enhancing productivity and promoting sustainable agriculture for a prosperous future.”

Croplands Equipment General Manager, Sean Mulvaney says, “We are proudly partnering with MagrowTec to bring their magnetic spray technology solution to both Australian and New Zealand growers.” he says.

We are incredibly excited and confident in this acquisition and the positive impact it will have on the Croplands business as a whole.

Croplands Equipment General Manager, Sean Mulvaney

The addition of MagrowTec’s patented technology to Croplands’ extensive range of specialised spraying solutions will provide growers with a leading edge opportunity to significantly, yet simply, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their existing boom spray applications within their current farming systems.  

The simplicity is not only in the benefits the magnetic fields impart into the fluid, but also in the fact the system can be installed on any boom sprayer, requires no power, has no electronics, can be transferred to new boom sprayers and is virtually maintenance free.  

MagrowTec, in partnership with Croplands, look forward to engaging with growers and agronomists across New Zealand to discuss further how our technology might benefit their businesses.  

For further information please contact your local Croplands Territory Manager.


Quantum Vineyard Sprayers

The ultimate performer in grapes. Available in single, two or three row spraying configurations.

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Cropliner Trailed Sprayers

Conventional air-blast sprayer design, available in a range of models.

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Quantum Tower Sprayers

Fitted with market-leading Quantum fans, these tower sprayers set the standard in tree spraying.

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Top Notch Large Crop Sprayer Advice

17 OCTOBER 2019

Croplands is pleased to announce the appointment of a self-propelled and large crop sprayer specialist to support New Zealand farmers and contractors.

Andy Mawley previously ran a spray contracting business in the Hawke’s Bay for 20 years. He is now teaming up with the Croplands sales team to offer advice and support to dealers and end users.

A crucial part of Andy’s role is to find the exact match of operator and machine. He will visit contractors and growers around New Zealand to get an understanding of their businesses and pair them with the exact model and specifications they require.

Croplands New Zealand regional manager Rob Marshall says Croplands has been manufacturing and supplying spray equipment in New Zealand farmers for more than 47 years. Until now it has not had someone in the role Andy is taking on.

“Andy’s new role is vital for a company that stakes its reputation as a spray application specialist,” Rob says.

“Our key suppliers – Rogator and Bargam – offer a number of different models and countless options. Having someone like Andy in our team, who can draw on many years of personal experience owning and operating these machines, can provide that extra layer of knowledge to ensure we are quoting for exactly what our clients need.

“There is ever increasing choice in this growing market, and we are striving to deliver a level of support that will give farmers and contractors confidence in dealing with us.”

Andy says he keeps hearing stories about people who have purchased high value spray equipment only to have it dropped off without adequate operator training or support.

“We want to lead the industry in this area,” he says. “My role is not only to help our customers through the sales process, but more importantly to help them set up their machines correctly, train operators, and provide on-going support to the end users and to the Croplands dealers,” Andy says.

This alone will be a huge benefit, however the service goes deeper. Andy will help ensure the absolutely best spray job possible is coming out of the machine. He can talk about chemicals, rates of application, timings and nozzles.

“Maybe I will see something they are doing and have suggestions on how they can improve their spray outcomes. Maybe maintenance or sprayer hygiene has been issues in the past and I could help farmers and contractors get good systems in place so they can be more efficient and get the best possible return on their significant investment.”

Rob says when they first conceived of this role it made so much sense.

“Two of Croplands’ key philosophies are to put the customer’s needs in the centre of all that we do and to provide innovative application products. Andy helps us deliver on both of these fronts.

“He has operated our Bargam self-propelled sprayers for 15 years, so he is not only familiar with our products, he is also in tune with the spray contractor market. He really understands how contractors operate and what their specific requirements and challenges are.”

Rob says tying together Andy’s knowledge of sprayers and agronomy with his experiences as a contractor will offer a high level of support to all Croplands customers and dealers.

Regular contact with the Nufarm New Zealand team will also ensure that Andy is kept up to date on the latest research and products.

Croplands values feedback from clients, and part of Andy’s role is to maintain relationships with clients and ensure their suggestions shape future models.

Bargam Self Propelled Sprayers

02 APRIL 2019

Bargam’s range of self-propelled sprayers are designed for the high-value row crop market, in particular vegetable & seed crops.

As the exclusive distributors of the Bargam self-propelled sprayers in Australia and New Zealand, Croplands is pleased to be bringing two new self-propelled sprayer offerings to vegetable growers in 2019.

Over the past few years, Bargam has narrowed down their self-propelled range, enabling better quality machines to tackle vegetable and row crops. Arriving in Australia and New Zealand later this year will be the Grimpeur 4000 litre and the Grimac.


The Grimpeur offers a wide variety of optional features and is a well-known machine within the vegetable market.  Known in Italy as the Mountain Climber, the Grimpeur is a mechanical drive which boasts wheel track, boom and tank size options.


The Grimac, on the other hand, is specifically for larger row crops due to its 2-3 meter hydraulic adjustable axle and hydrostatic drive.

Airbag booms are an option in this Bargam range, offering better coverage in all crop types. The Bargam Airbag is renowned around the world for being one of the best on the market and with airbag booms being a rarity in the Australian and NZ markets, this offering puts our customers at the forefront.