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Ag automation, 1-3 p.m., WSU Prosser

WSU offers sneak peek at new agricultural automation technologies Oct. 8

PROSSER, Wash. – The newest in automated and precision farming technologies will be displayed at a free, public expo 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Wash.

“At the top of our to-do list is making our research useful to growers and the industry,” said Qin Zhang, director of the WSU Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (http://cpas.wsu.edu/), host of the second annual expo. “The expo is a chance for growers, industry professionals and members of the public to see what we do and explore possibilities.”

Demonstrations will include:

• a blossom thinning device
• shake and catch cherry harvesting
• 3D sensor technology
• over-the-row sensor platforms
• bin-dog picking technology
• a solid set canopy delivery system and more.

More than 80 people attended the 2012 expo. The center is a venue for incubation and development of new ideas for researchers, entrepreneurs and others seeking to advance and commercialize automated and precision agriculture technologies.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm