WSU’s Ag Tech Day explores automation in specialty crops

Graduate students hoist a drone used in agricultural research at WSU.
Graduate students hoist a drone used in agricultural research at WSU. Automation is the theme of this year’s WSU Ag Tech Day at Prosser.

PROSSER, Wash. – Washington State University’s Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems will host Agricultural Technology Day, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Prosser, Washington.

Experts from WSU, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Microsoft FarmBeats and ASI Robots will share updates on cutting-edge agricultural advances with growers, agricultural industry professionals, and crop consultants.

This year’s event explores the theme of automation in specialty crop production, and includes field demonstrations and discussions of digital agriculture solutions, automation in farm operations, robotics in specialty crops, intelligent orchard sprayers, a survey of autonomy on the farm, and regulations on the use of autonomous vehicles in Washington farming.

Participants can interact with WSU researchers and provide valuable feedback both during the sessions and at a networking social. Snacks and drinks will be provided, sponsored by Tree Top Inc., of Washington.

The event is held at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center’s Ag Tech Building, 24106 N Bunn Rd., Prosser, Wash.

Admission is free. Registration at Brown Paper Tickets is required by Aug. 16, 2019, to attend.

To learn more, visit the event website.

Media Contact:

  • Lav Khot, assistant professor, WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering, 509-786-9302 or 509-335-5638,

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