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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.

Dr Qin Zhang with student

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

  • Lav Khot to lead WSU’s AgWeatherNet

    May 5, 2021 | The Grood Fruit

    Washington State University announced that professor Lav Khot will serve as interim director for AgWeatherNet.

     AgWeatherNet is the system of weather stations and climate data tools that support growers across the state.

    Khot, an associate professor at WSU’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS), said the new role will build on his experience with in-field climate sensing technology, and he hopes to continue AgWeatherNet’s momentum in adopting new technology.

    “The sensing technology is getting better and can … » More …

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