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Dr. Karkee working with robotic equipment.

Capital Press: Western Innovator: From Nepal to robotic pioneer

Some 30 years ago, he was a lad tending rice, sugarcane, goats and other crops on his family’s subsistence farm in the mid-hill region of Bhojpur, Nepal. Last December, Manoj Karkee (pronounced Maw-nose Car-key) was among 11 U.S. and Canadian professors named 2019 pioneers in artificial intelligence and the internet by Connected World, a business and technology publication.

WSU News: Moyer leads $4.75M effort to address mildew in grapes

As the grape growing season gets underway, Michelle Moyer, a WSU associate professor and Extension specialist, is leading a diverse and multi-disciplined team to address the challenge of fungicide resistant, powdery mildew. Grapevine powdery mildew is a perennial challenge grape growers face that can decimate crops if left unchecked, costing the industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

WSU Magazine: A partial history of Prosser IAREC

The early days of what is now the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) were bare bones. Until 1930, the station owned only a Model T runabout and a Model TT one-ton truck. Electricity didn’t get to the station until 1926. Photo credit: WSU MASC

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Irrigated Agriculture Center

The Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (WSU Prosser IAREC) is the focal point for the University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) research, extension, and plant certification programs that address the concerns of irrigated agriculture.

An estimated two-thirds of the agricultural production in the state comes from irrigated land, making such research of vital interest to Washington’s economy, both for intrastate distribution and exportation.

Learn more about Prosser IAREC

2017 Annual Report

IAREC scientists had a productive 2017 with numerous reviewed publications and very strong commodity and federal grant support. Our significant contributions to graduate education continued during 2017, hosting students from 12 countries.

Download 2017 Annual Report (.pdf)