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Nov. 9: Workshop on collecting, interpreting vineyard data

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By Kaury Balcom, Wine Science Center

RICHLAND, Wash. – A free talk about using sensors and digital mapping to track vineyard health will be offered 4:15-5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Washington State University Wine Science Center, 359 University Dr., Richland. » More …

Aug. 14-17: Global look at agricultural robots, automation

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Manoj_Karkee-with-apple-picking-robot-webSEATTLE – From robots that pick apples to drones that scout pests over cherry orchards, technology is changing agriculture. Advances like these, and many more, will be shared at an upcoming international conference organized by Washington State University scientists. » More …

June 9: WSU field day presents anaerobic digestion systems

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Edaleen-Cow-Power-LLC-2-webLYNDEN, Wash. – Anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery technologies will be discussed at the free Washington State University Anaerobic Digestion Systems Field Day on Thursday, June 9, on two Whatcom County farms near Lynden, Wash. » More …

WECO donates optical wine grape sorter for research

By Erika Holmes, Viticulture & Enology

wine-sorting-graphic-80WOODLAND, Calif. – WECO Sorting and Automation Solutions has donated a state-of-the-art optical wine grape sorter worth $71,500 to the new Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center at the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Wash. » More …

Register by Sept. 10 for agricultural technology open house

apple-robot-80PROSSER, Wash. – Agricultural automation, robotics, precision agriculture technologies and associated economics research will be showcased at the free Agricultural Technology Day open house noon-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Washington State University’s new Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) facility on Bunn Road in Prosser. » More …

Video: Unmanned helicopter tested for rainwater removal

By Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities

PROSSER, Wash. – Washington State University is partnering with Digital Harvest Corp. to test an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could provide a safer, less expensive means to blow rainwater off cherry orchards to avoid fruit losses. » More …

WSU engineers, scientists prepare to test apple-picking robot

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Between 15-18 billion apples are harvested every year in Washington state for fresh market consumption, but often farmers can’t find enough people to pick the fruit. » More …

100-year weather watching award for Lind Dryland Station

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By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

LIND, Wash. – Staff at the Washington State University Dryland Research Station at Lind earned kudos for logging 100 years of official weather data that helps farmers and scientists understand the past and prepare for the future. » More …