Agricultural Automation Engineering
Agricultural Automation Engineering scientists work to provide engineering solutions to crop production problems in agriculture. From seed to table, our researchers collaborate with the growers, harvesters, and food processors plus the industry that supports them to develop new technologies for the economic growth and environmental sustainability of agriculture.
Current primary research activities include the development of wireless sensor networks for real-time yield monitoring and tracking of fruit; remote and contact sensing of soils and plants; automated and targeted pest management systems; vegetable and fruit post harvest handling; smart and/or robotic agricultural machinery; on-machinery crop sensing and control systems; and sensor-based field operation management.
The Center for Precision Agriculture has additional information.
Ag Automation Engineering In the News
Spray Researchers Aim to Catch Their Drift
February 15, 2019 | Good Fruit Grower
Against the gray, late-autumn sky, it’s hard to miss the green plume spraying into the dormant orchard.
It’s a very colorful solution to a nearly invisible problem.
Underlying every pesticide label regulation lie complex calculations of risk to protect workers, bystanders and the environment from drift. But the methods federal regulators use to determine drift allowances from airblast sprayers date back decades — and likely overestimate the risk in modern orchards.
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- WSU, Australian scientists partner to form Joint Center for Ag Robotics
- BSE Faculty Receive USDA-NIFA Funding to Study Water Use
- BSE Faculty Receive 2018 WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Awards
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- BSE Faculty and Students Attend ASABE 2018 – Student Wins First Place Award
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- Washington State Professor Finds Sky-high Opportunities for Drones in Agriculture
- Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords
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- Dr. Sankaran Presents at Inaugural Event
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