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WSU offers sneak peek at new agricultural automation technologies

PROSSER, Wash. – The public will have an opportunity to see what’s new in automated and precision farming technologies at the Second Annual CPAAS Expo. The free event will take place Oct. 8, 2013 1-3 p.m. at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Wash.

Automated fruit weighing system designed to improve labor management. Photo by Matt Whiting, WSU.
A harvest labor monitoring system will be among the technologies demonstrated at the CPAAS Expo. Photo by Matt Whiting, WSU.

“At the top of our to-do list is making our research useful to growers and the industry. The Expo is a chance for growers, industry professionals, and members of the public to see what we do and explore possibilities,” said Qin Zhang, Director of the WSU Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems.

The Expo will offer demonstrations and presentations of technologies aimed at developing and improving harvesting technologies, labor management systems, input delivery systems, and worksite safety.

Demonstrations will include:

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

This is the second year CPAAS will host the Expo which was attended by more than 80 people in 2012. The Center serves as a venue for the incubation and development of new ideas for researchers, entrepreneurs and others seeking to advance and commercialize automated and precision agriculture technologies.


Media Contacts

Qin Zhang, Director, 509-786-9360